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Coppelie Cocq

Assistant director. 

Professor in Sámi studies and digital humanities. 

Deputy director of the research infrastructure Huminfra.

Research qualifications: Docent
Educational qualifications: Recognised university teacher


Works at

Professor at Humlab Role: Assistant director
Affiliated as professor at Department of Language Studies Section: Sámi studies

I have a Ph.D. in Sami Studies (2008) with the thesis Revoicing Sámi narratives. North Sámi storytelling at the turn of the 20th century (Sámi Dutkan, Umeå University).

I conduct research within the focus area of digital practices. My research interests are cultural forms of expression, storytelling and narrative (from oral to digital) as well as critical studies in minority and indigenous research. Ethical and methodological perspectives on digital research are other topical issues in my research.

I am deputy director of the reserach infrastructure Huminfra.

Current research projects

- “Data Is the New Oil” (DINO): Digital transformation – negotiating societal benefits and personal integrity” (MAW 2023-2026). 

Data and the digital transformation of society are expected to transform our era as much as oil did in the 19th century. The result is supposed to be new innovations and services, sustainable business models, climate improvements and safer, more equal societies.
This transition is based on access to data on the lives and habits of individuals, e.g. in the form of welfare and health data, societal infrastructure, economic transactions and social media.
On the one hand, the prerequisite is that these data must be made available, shared, coordinated and processed by various actors in areas such as trade and industry, security and welfare for the development of new services and optimization of resources. On the other hand, people are concerned about their privacy, both in relation to data collection about them in general, and as regards their online activities.
This conflict lies at the very heart of the project, in which the researchers intend to study the tension arising between individual privacy and the digitization process driven by businesses as well as the UN, the EU, the Swedish government and others. What motives do people have for participating in, or trying to avoid being part of, a data-driven future? 


Selection of completed projects:

- The language of place-making. A mixed-method analysis of the linguistic landscapes (FORMAS, 2019-2022)
The project focuses on linguistic landscapes (languages on signs etc.) in Norrland. The purpose is to investigate how languages as they materialize in our environment contribute to creating public spaces. With the help of qualitative and quantitative methods, we describe and analyze which languages are visible and which are not, and relate these results to demographic, socio-economic and spatial characteristics in different places. This will enable us to understand how urban and rural environments are created with the help of majority, indigenous and minority languages.

- iAccept: Soft surveillance – between acceptance and resistance (The Foundation Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg's Memorial Fund, 2018-2021)
Within this project, I investigate how surveillance is perceived by the public and various practices linked to monitoring.

- The Societal Dimensions of Sámi Research (The Research Council of Norway, 2018-2020)
This project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and is based at Tromsø University. It examines the social conditions that framed the production of academic knowledge during different periods. The research group is interdisciplinary and focuses on research and societal relations in the Nordic countries from the Lappology time to the present.

Within the framework of this project, I study contemporary conditions for Sami research in today's society with particular focus on the digital media landscape, on the one hand, and the development of the field of indigenous research on the other.

- DISLIFE Liveable disabilities: Life courses and opportunity structures across time (ERC, 2017-2018)
My research examines the use of social media and its role for people with disabilities, eg. for activism, self-representation and negotiation of authority.

- Production and mediation of indigenous knowledge: oral and mediated strategies for expressing Sámi identities (FORMAS 2013-2016).
In this project, I have investigated the role of the internet and digital technology for the production and communication of knowledge. Thanks to the internet, the opportunities for indigenous peoples to communicate and express their culture have increased significantly. Many stories get a spread far beyond what was previously possible. Digital tools for producing and reproducing folkloric genres provide increased opportunities for the creation of new traditions and new interpretations.


First Monday, University of Illinois Libraries 2024, Vol. 29, (5)
Cocq, Coppélie; Liliequist, Evelina
Sociolinguistic variation in urban linguistic landscapes, Helsinki: The Finnish Literature Society 2024 : 37-50
Granstedt, Lena; Cocq, Coppélie; Lindgren, Eva; et al.
Ethnologia Fennica, Vol. 50, (1) : 102-107
Cocq, Coppélie
Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics, Frontiers Media S.A. 2023, Vol. 8
Cocq, Coppélie
Handbook of critical studies of artificial intelligence, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing 2023 : 595-606
Danielsson, Karin; Aler Tubella, Andrea; Liliequist, Evelina; et al.
Everyday life in the culture of surveillance, Nordicom 2023 : 205-211
Gelfgren, Stefan; Cocq, Coppélie; Enbom, Jesper; et al.
Everyday life in the culture of surveillance, Nordicom 2023 : 9-20
Gelfgren, Stefan; Cocq, Coppélie; Samuelsson, Lars; et al.
interactions, ACM Digital Library 2023, Vol. 30, (3) : 31-33
Liliequist, Evelina; Aler Tubella, Andrea; Danielsson, Karin; et al.
Everyday life in the culture of surveillance, Nordicom 2023 : 6-8
Samuelsson, Lars; Cocq, Coppélie; Gelfgren, Stefan; et al.
Nordicom 2023
Samuelsson, Lars; Cocq, Coppélie; Gelfgren, Stefan; et al.
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, John Wiley & Sons 2022, Vol. 73, (2) : 333-344
Cocq, Coppélie
Sámi research in transition: knowledge, politics and social change, Routledge 2022 : 149-168
Cocq, Coppélie
Languages, MDPI 2022, Vol. 7, (2)
Cocq, Coppélie; Granstedt, Lena; Lindgren, Eva; et al.
Etnologiskt fältarbete: nya fält och former, Studentlitteratur AB 2022 : 193-212
Cocq, Coppélie; Liliequist, Evelina
Proceedings of the 6th Digital Humanities in the Nordic and Baltic Countries Conference (DHNB 2022) : 195-202
Cocq, Coppélie; Liliequist, Evelina; Okonski, Lacey
Disability & Society, Taylor & Francis Group 2022, Vol. 37, (7) : 1085-1106
Gelfgren, Stefan; Ineland, Jens; Cocq, Coppélie
Laboratorium för folk och kultur
Cocq, Coppélie
Disparidades. Revista de Antropología, Departamento de Publicaciones, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) 2021, Vol. 76, (1)
Cocq, Coppélie
CEUR Workshop Proceedings : 224-229
Cocq, Coppélie; Granstedt, Lena; Lindgren, Eva; et al.
Digitala metoder inom humaniora och samhällsvetenskap, Studentlitteratur AB 2021 : 27-44
Cocq, Coppélie; Liliequist, Evelina
Routledge international handbook of research methods in digital humanities, Oxon & New York: Routledge 2021 : 203-217
Foka, Anna; Cocq, Coppélie; Buckland, Philip I.; et al.
Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 133, (527) : 110-111
Cocq, Coppélie
Svenska landsmål och svenskt folkliv, Uppsala: Kungliga Gustav Adolfs Akademien 2020, Vol. 143 : 9-22
Cocq, Coppélie
Nordicom Review, De Gruyter Open 2020, Vol. 41, (2) : 179-193
Cocq, Coppélie; Gelfgren, Stefan; Samuelsson, Lars; et al.
GERUM Geografisk Arbetsrapport
Cocq, Coppélie; Granstedt, Lena; Lindgren, Eva; et al.
Alter;European Journal of Disability Research ;Journal Europeen de Recherche Sur le Handicap, Elsevier 2020, Vol. 14, (2) : 71-84
Cocq, Coppélie; Ljuslinder, Karin
Washington: University of Washington Press 2019
Cocq, Coppélie; DuBois, Thomas A.
Studies in Writing, 37
Cocq, Coppélie; Sullivan, Kirk P H
Perspectives on indigenous writing and literacies, Leiden: Boston: Brill Academic Publishers 2019 : 1-10
Cocq, Coppélie; Sullivan, Kirk P H
Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, Vol. 21, (1) : 238-249
Ineland, Jens; Gelfgren, Stefan; Cocq, Coppélie
Perspectives on indigenous writing and literacies, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers 2019 : 215-219
Sullivan, Kirk P.H.; Langum, Virginia; Cocq, Coppélie
Indigenous Efflorescence: Beyond Revitalisation in Sapmi and Ainu Mosir, Australian National University Press 2018 : 95-98
Cocq, Coppélie
Media International Australia: Incorporating Culture & Policy, Sage Publications 2018, Vol. 169, (1) : 21-31
Outakoski, Hanna; Cocq, Coppélie; Steggo, Peter
Samisk kamp: kulturförmedling och rättviserörelse, Umeå: Bokförlaget h:ström - Text & Kultur 2017 : 280-298
Cocq, Coppélie
Sápmi i ord och bild: en antologi. 2, Västra Frölunda: On Line 2017 : 528-543
Cocq, Coppélie
Samisk kamp: kulturförmedling och rättviserörelse, Umeå: Bokförlaget h:ström - Text & Kultur 2017 : 7-15
Liliequist, Marianne; Cocq, Coppélie
European Journal of Communication, Sage Publications 2017, Vol. 32, (2) : 131-150
Lindgren, Simon; Cocq, Coppélie
Narrative works, New Brunswick: Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Narrative 2016, Vol. 6, (2) : 1-27
Andersson, Daniel; Cocq, Coppélie
Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, Vol. 1 : 42-49
Andersson, Daniel; Cocq, Coppélie
Research Methods for Reading Digital Data in the Digital Humanities, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2016 : 111-125
Cocq, Coppélie
Indigenous people and mobile technologies, New York: Routledge 2016 : 147-159
Cocq, Coppélie
The environment in the age of the internet: activists, communication, and the digital landscape, Open Book Publishers 2016 : 53-74
Cocq, Coppélie
Dagens Nyheter
Allard, Christina; Axelsson, Per; Brännlund, Isabelle; et al.
Sápmi i ord och bild: en antologi. 1, Västra Frölunda: On Line 2015 : 540-553
Cocq, Coppélie
Arv. Nordic Yearbook of Folklore, Uppsala: 2015, Vol. 71 : 209-210
Cocq, Coppélie
Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 128, (509) : 273-285
Cocq, Coppélie
Samiskt språkcentrum och Umeå universitet, institutionen för språkstudier 2015
Cocq, Coppélie; Lindgren, Eva; Belancic, Kristina; et al.
Naturen för mig: nutida röster och kulturella perspektiv, Göteborg: Institutet för språk och folkminnen 2014 : 183-190
Andersson, Daniel; Cocq, Coppélie
Västerbotten, Vol. 2 : 3-7
Cocq, Coppélie
Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, Umeå: Umeå universitet 2014, Vol. 23, (4) : 22-29
Cocq, Coppélie

I teach at undergraduate, advanced and postgraduate level in ethnology, Sámi studies/minority studies and digital humanities, for instance on the topics of cultural heritage issues, ethics, qualitative methods, digital ethnography and other digital research practices.


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