19th Inuit Studies Conference

Event Type: 
Conferences and Workshops
When: 
29 October 2014 to 1 November 2014
Where: 
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

In order to celebrate its 40th anniversary, Association Inuksiutiit Katimajiit Inc., in collaboration with Université Laval, is glad to invite you to the 19th edition of the biennial Inuit Studies Conference. It will be held in Quebec City, October 29 - November 1, 2014, the theme of the meeting being Qaumaniq: Enlightening Knowledge. Confined for a long time to the status of objects of science, Inuit have now become important actors and active participants in arctic research. Their participation can take several shapes: sharing knowledge, identifying and defining research questions, acting as researchers and authors, etc. Moreover, Inuit knowledge is now giving form to scientific discourse. Formerly considered as mere stories whose interest was purely ethnological, Inuit descriptions and explanations of their environment are now valorized because of their richness, their deep-reaching understanding, and their precision. The organizers invite you to explore Inuit contributions to contemporary learning, by proposing a reflection on Inuit knowledge, scientific knowledge, and the often complex links between the two. This conference constitutes an excellent occasion to examine how knowledge is shared between researchers and Inuit, what is the impact of Inuit knowledge on scientific learning (and vice versa), what types of relations exist between researchers and Inuit during and after fieldwork, and how Inuit approach, perceive, and contribute to research.