Jean Malaurie´s house in Uummannaq, Greenland. Photo credit J. Kodzik

A session dedicated to the collections of objects from the Arctic will be held during the "Gateway to the Arctic" seminar on 14 February 2023. 

MIARC members, students of the Arctic Studies Programme at UVSQ and researchers from the “Collecting Norden” project (University of Oslo) have prepared presentations about “Collecting Arctic Objects” for the seminar “Gateway to the Arctic” to be held at the University of Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines and on-line on February 14, 10am-1pm CET.

Special attention will be paid to Moravian missionary collections from Greenland, Labrador and Alaska. The session led by Joanna Kodzik (MIARC/UVSQ) and Ulrike Spring (Collecting Norden, University of Oslo) connects historians, specialists in literary studies and palaeontologists. It will open with presentations by students about the missionary collection of the Völkerkundemuseum (Museum of Ethnography) in Herrnhut (Germany).

The following papers will be presented:

Antoine Cahn and Tom Rémond (Arctic Studies Master): “Moravian objects from Labrador”

Alice Paul and Elodie Blaye (Arctic Studies Master): “Moravian objects from Alaska”

Iulian Vasilev and Laarni Carpina (Arctic Studies Master): “Moravian objects from Greenland”

Joanna Kodzik (MIARC/UVSQ): “Moravian missionary collecting practices”

Alexandre Delangle (MIARC/UVSQ): “Collection of photographs by Vilhjálmur Stefánsson”

Ulrike Spring (University of Oslo): “Collecting the Arctic: Objects, fragments and narratives”

Lene Liebe Delsett (University of Oslo): “Heads and tales: An incomplete narwhal in a museum collection”

Janicke S. Kaasa (University of Oslo): “Moravian missionary collections from the Arctic through the lens of Norway’s first children’s missionary magazine (1847-48)”

Read more on the "Collecting Norden" project. 

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