liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Where humanism finds its ends: Lessons from Pia Arke and Katarina Pirak Sikku on the difficulty of narrating the Arctic
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2007-3736
2016 (English)In: Studies in Travel Writing, ISSN 1364-5145, E-ISSN 1755-7550, Vol. 20, no 3, 1-11 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article argues that any attempt to conceive of a new narrative of the postcolonial Arctic will fail if it does not also entail a new narrative of European history. It begins by asserting the strong afterlife of colonial narratives of the Arctic through the example of the author’s own difficulty in writing an authentic, ethically acceptable report about East Greenland. By drawing on further examples, and by introducing narratological theory, the article moves on to consider the colonial narrative of the Arctic. It argues that the prototypical colonial narrative of the Arctic is modelled on Moby-Dick: a hunting and whaling story in which the setting is made up of landscape, wildlife and indigenous populations. The colonial narrative is gradually transformed as the indigenous peoples of the Arctic leave the setting and become agents in the narrative. Indeed, it is only when the indigene attains the place of the subject telling the story that we can seriously claim to have a postcolonial narrative of the Arctic. The article goes on to analyse two instances of such transformations of the colonial narrative: the works of the Danish-Greenlandic visual artist and researcher Pia Arke and the Sami visual artist Katarina Pirka Sikku. Both question the narrating subject in travel literature and scientific discourse about the Arctic, reclaiming that position for themselves.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Vol. 20, no 3, 1-11 p.
Keyword [en]
colonialism, postcolonial Arctic, colonial narrative, Sami culture and aesthetics, Greenlandic Inuit culture, narratology
National Category
Art History Other Humanities not elsewhere specified International Migration and Ethnic Relations
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-131553DOI: 10.1080/13645145.2016.1212502OAI: diva2:974112
Available from: 2016-09-24 Created: 2016-09-24 Last updated: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

The full text will be freely available from 2018-03-23 13:06
Available from 2018-03-23 13:06

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Jonsson, Stefan
By organisation
REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and SocietyFaculty of Arts and Sciences
In the same journal
Studies in Travel Writing
Art HistoryOther Humanities not elsewhere specifiedInternational Migration and Ethnic Relations

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 16 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link