My work in 2016 was part of the Academy of Finland funded research initiative: Artsequal: The arts as public service: Strategic steps towards equality (2015 - 2020), as part of a team investigating the social mechanisms that produce and maintain inequality in Finnish extracurricular arts education (Taiteen Perusopetus). My role has focused particularly on the experiences of Finland's Indigenous Sámi people in accessing or participating in arts education.

Collaboratively designed, implemented, analysed and communicated together with the communities I am working with, this research explores the experiences of over twenty Sámi leaders, educators, and artists' of extracurricular arts education in different areas of Finland. Through their stories, this research seeks new possibilities, visions and pedagogies for the transformation and democratization of arts education in the future.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

Sámi Music Academy Utsjoki, Sámi Education Institute

Sámi Archives, Inari

Citysámit Ry, Helsinki

CO-RESEARCHERS

Ms Hildá Länsman

Mr Oula Guttorm

LATEST NEWS…

SÁMI RE-IMAGININGS OF EQUALITY

April 07, 2018

The Indigenized arts-based inquiry reported in this article addresses matters of equality in Finland’s extracurricular arts education system, as experienced by Indigenous Sami artists, arts educators, scholars, and community leaders. Challenging national narratives of cultural homogeneity and egalitarianism, this research identifies aspects of this publicly-funded arts education system that function to create, or perpetuate inequality for Sami learners. Employing narrative and joik as analysis approaches, we reflect upon these processes of exclusion in order to envision new possibilities for this national arts education system to not only accommodate Sami learners, but to learn from and together with Indigenous arts, pedagogies, onto-epistemologies and ways of being to enhance equality for all.

GREEN PAPER: BASIC EDUCATION IN THE ARTS, EQUALITY AND SÁMI COMMUNITIES IN FINLAND

November 14, 2017

Based on research conducted in 2016 as part of the Academy of Finland funded ArtsEqual Research Initiative, the Green Paper: Basic Education in The Arts, Equality, And Sami Communities in Finland presents some considerations for institutions and educators to further equality in extracurricular music education from the perspectives of Sámi communities.

CHAPTER PUBLISHED! INCLUSIVE POPULAR MUSIC EDUCATION?

August 08, 2017

A chapter I wrote together with Professor Lauri Väkevä, entitled: Inclusive popular music education? has been published in the (2017) Oxford Handbook of Popular Music Education in the Nordic Countries, edited by Fabian Holt and Antti-Ville Kärjä.

FEIKKIPUKU, ETHNIC SLURS, 'HYSTERIA' AND IGNORANCE

April 20, 2017

In an Artsequal blog post, I compared two social media stories related to Indigeneity and cultural appropriation. The first was the latest in a long line of 'feikkipuku' controversies that played out on instagram and twitter when SDP MP and Chairperson of the City Council of Mikkeli, Satu Taavitsainen, posted a photo of herself dressed in fake Sámi traditional dress. The second was the response to aggressive criticism of the name of U.S. based artist Gabrielle Smith's recording project: Eskimeaux.

ARTICLE DRAFT SENT

April 10, 2017

An article draft written by myself and Hildá Länsman has been sent to all those who have participated in this research for their input. If you have not received this draft, please contact Alexis asap!

JOIK WORKSHOP AT THE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC SCHOOL OF FINLAND

April 08, 2017

A few days prior to this event, Hildá Länsman ran a short joik workshop for children from CitySamit. Together with these children, we ran an introductory workshop for international students (aged 15-17) at the International Music School of Finland! Through this, over 70 teenagers got to know a little bit about Sámi lanugage, arts, and culture, and learn a snowmobile joik! This workshop aimed to challenge prevailing stereotypes of both Sámi and Finnish cultures, and foster intercultural communication and learning - whilst having a lot of fun!

JOIK AS RESEARCH METHOD

March 13, 2017

As part of an ongoing ‘commitment and desire to ensure that academic knowledge, practices and research are no longer used as a tool of colonization and as a way of exploiting indigenous peoples’ (Kuokkanen 2008, 268), Hildá Länsman and I presented half of our ArtsEqual research project, which employed Indigenized research methods.

ANSWERABILITY IN PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH: PARTNERSHIP OR POLITICS

February 08, 2017

Myself, Tuulikki Laes (SibA, Uniarts/ArtsEqual), Kristin Björnsdottir (Uni of Iceland), Guðrún Stefánsdóttir (Uni of Iceland) and Katja Thomson (SibA, Uniarts/ArtsEqual) joined together to discuss participatory research methods at the European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.

We engaged in a complex and difficult discussion about the politically complex and often contradictory aims and agendas of research that advocates for social change, particularly for social groups that have been positioned as disadvantaged or marginalized by mainstream society.

VISIT TO LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITÄT, MUNICH

February 02, 2017

I feel very fortunate to have been invited by Professor Alexandra Kertz-Welzel to give a guest lecture as part of the Research Methods course for masters students. We had some very challenging and inspiring discussions about what it means to decolonize research, and the potentials for arts-based approaches to address the challenges associated with answerability and ethics when conducting research together with Indigenous communities.

SING IT IN SÁMI!

November 24, 2016

Hildá Länsman and I had the opportunity to talk about our Artsequal work at the Finnish Society for Music Education seminar for music teachers. It was wonderful to speak to so many teachers after our presentation about the stories and perspectives that have been shared with me over the past few months, and begin some really important conversations about equality in Finnish music education. Giitu Suomen Musiikkikasvatusseura!

PUBLIC DISCUSSION AT 'THINK CORNER'

November 23, 2016

Hildá Länsman (ArtsEqual), Alexis Kallio (Uniarts/ArtsEqual) and Pirjo Virtanen (University of Helsinki) in discussion, chaired by Irja Seurujärvi-Kari.

 

The panel discussion focused on the history, culture and art of indigenous peoples, and their inclusion - or exclusion - from mainstream society. Are indigenous people afforded the right to cultural determination, identity and agency in contemporary societies? What roles are given to art within a native culture and in its relation to the dominant culture? What might arts education, or research, contribute towards social equality and justice? What kind of research can be done in cooperation with indigenous peoples?

IN SEARCH OF A MUSIC EDUCATION FOR SÁMI COMMUNITIES BEYOND EQUALITY

November 16, 2016

Oula Guttorm (Sámi Music Centre) and I presented together at the Unequalising World - Equalising School? conference organized by the Finnish Educational Research Association in Turku.

As part of the symposium Visions for social justice in music education: Taking ‘equality’ as the starting point our presentation explored the ideals of 'equality' that guide Finland's extracurricular music education system and the work of the Sámi music centre. Together envisioning approaches to music education that are able to engage with diversity in a positive way, we asked: what can the Finnish and Sámi approaches to music education learn from one another?

VISIT TO MALMÖ ACADEMY OF MUSIC

October 17, 2016

I visited the Malmö Academy of Music on the 18-19 October, to meet with Ylva Hofvander Trulsson and Göran Folkestad of the ARTIS project (ARTs agency and social mobility: Intergenerational transmission of Sami culture in family, educational and community settings) and Thomas Hilder, whose current research addresses intersectionalities of Sámi and queer identities. In addition, I was able to present ongoing research by myself and Hildá Länsman to the music education doctoral students, which resulted in an engaged, fruitful and inspiring discussion.

RESEARCHER PROFILE

September 18, 2016

'diversity is not one of the social challenges of the 2020s, it is one of the solutions'

NEW PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN UNIARTS AND THE SÁMI MUSIC ACADEMY

August 17, 2016

The new partners hope that through the sharing of different perspectives and expertise, students of both institutions will gain valuable skills and understandings of what it might mean to be an artist, or an arts teacher, in a 21st century Finland that sees difference as an asset, rather than a challenge.

SÁMI MUSIC TEACHER: WE HAVE TO LOOK TO THE WIDER MUSICAL WORLD TO FIND NEW WAYS OF WORKING

August 17, 2016

Saamelaismusiikin aikuiskoulutushanke Utsjoella ja Sibelius-Akatemia ovat suunnitelleet yhteistyötä tulevalle lukuvuodelle. Saamelaismusiikkihankkeen opettaja Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman kertoo, että yhteistyö toteutetaan muun muassa etäopetuksena ja työpajojen avulla.

[Sámi adult education project in Utsjoki and the Sibelius Academy have planned a collaboration for the forthcoming  academic year. Sámi music teacher Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman says that cooperation will include both distance learning and face-to-face workshops]

ARTSEQUAL - A HOPELESS CAUSE? FIVE RANCIERIAN ANTI-AFFIRMATIONS

June 14, 2016

There is no project. There is no strategy. There is no solution. There is no future. There is no hope.

HELSINKI SANOMAT NEWS ARTICLE: WHAT IS GOOD MUSIC EDUCATION?

April 30, 2016

Laatu ja tasa-arvo eivät sulje toisiaan pois, eikä niitä tulisi asettaa vastakkain.

[Quality and equality are not mutually exclusive, and should not be set against one another]

SO WHAT? WHO CARES?

February 15, 2016

For my own work as part of the ArtsEqual project, I feel like researching equality is not enough. I must do it. I am constantly challenged by things I read, and people I meet, to practice what I preach and ground my thoughts in the everyday, and make it matter.

ARTSEQUAL RESEARCH SPRINT

February 08, 2016

I was one of six researchers invited to give a five minute presentation of my research plan at the first Artsequal research sprint, held in Kallio Kuninkala in Febuary 2016. This presentation outlines my very early plans, having started this project one month prior to this meeting. The sprint provided a great opportunity to discuss these plans with other researchers, and the international advisory board.

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