Inuit traditions are a repository of Inuit culture and a primary expression of Inuit identity. The theme for the 2016 Inuit Studies Conference invites Elders, knowledge-bearers, researchers, artists, policy-makers, students and others to engage in conversations about the many ways in which traditions shape understanding, while registering social and cultural change.
The institutional hosts of “Inuit Traditions,” Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Nunatsiavut Government, invite you to contribute to an exchange of knowledge to be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, October 7-10, 2016. Presentations on all aspects of Inuit studies will be welcome. The host committee particularly welcomes presentations, discussions, workshops, performances and other opportunities for dialogue on Inuit traditions that may include:
- community knowledge
- expressions of identity
- social, communal and political interaction
- relationships with the land and the environment
- language and cultural expression
- intergenerational transmission
- technology and change
- community health and well-being
Finally, we hope that the 2016 Inuit Studies Conference will rekindle the dialogue between traditional knowledge and scholarly ways of knowing – a dialogue that animated the Inuit Studies Conference twenty years ago, the last time it was held in St. John’s. With the perspective of a further two decades of collaborative work, our ambition is that the conference will provide a forum to encourage and examine the conversation between diverse knowledge traditions. We warmly welcome ideas from all who are willing to help enrich this conversation.