Advanced research methods: Multi-voice history with perspectives from indigenous and minority history (3 ECTS)

The series of Advanced Research Courses offered by the Norwegian Research School in History will delve into a specialized topic and focus on historiography and research methods. This particular course, organized by the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway, will focus on how changes in perspectives and methods in indigenous and minority history may help construct knowledge that otherwise is missing from standard narratives.

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Learning objectives:

  • The student knows theoretical and methodological challenges and opportunities arising from the study of marginalized histories and can assess the relevance and merits of different approaches.
  • The student is able to discuss research questions and scholarly problems in this field of study.
  • The student is able to recognise ethical challenges and participate in scholarly and public debate.

ECTS: 3 ECTS (75-90 hours, including preparations and participation).

Confirmed lectureres and structure of the course

Due to current restrictions on travels and gatherings, this course will be held online with a combination of plenary lectures with discussions and group work. The course will cover 6–7 topics, prepared by as many teachers. They will cover a broad geographical and chronological scope, and will include perspectives from history as well as archeology and religious studies.

Confirmed teachers and titles are:

Professor emeritus Einar Niemi, UiT: How have Indigenous and Minority Histories Challenged and Changed National Narratives?

University Lecturer Liudmila Nikanorova, UiT: De-Shamanizing Siberia: the Legacy of Colonial Science

University Lecturer Anna-Lill Drugge, Umeå University: Ethical Challenges in Doing Indigenous and Minority History

Professor Lars Kirkhusmo Pharo, Nord University: Indigenous Cartographic Historiography of Early Colonial Latin America

Professor Bjørnar Olsen, UiT: Contested Pasts: Things, Heritage, Memory

Associate Professor Jonathan Crossen, UiT/University of Saskatchewan: Indigenous history as world history

To her or his topic, each teacher will prepare an abstract and ca. 40 pages of reading. To each list of readings, the participants will prepare a short reading response, 400–600 words. The work on the topics will be organized either as lectures with plenary discussions, group work with the responsible teacher participating successively in each group, or as a combination of a short lecture and group work. Each group will have 4–5 students.

The participants shall also submit a paper (2500–3000 words) reflecting on what a multi-voice perspective might imply in their own fields of study. These papers will also be discussed in group sessions with a teacher present. 

Learning platform

The learning platform used for this course is Microsoft Teams, while the plenary and Group sessions will take place in Zoom. 

Both the manuscript and reading responses must be uploaded in MS Teams. 

Essential information:

Registration: 7 September at the latest. We accept applications on a first-come-first-served basis for students of the partner institutions and other members of NRSH. For non-members, we will offer available spaces for PhD students in history and other historical disciplines after the registration date. To apply, please fill out this registration form.

We will assess the applications shortly after the deadline and inform you of the assessment no later than five days after the deadline. 

Deadline for manuscripts: 1 October at the latest.

To achieve the credit, participants have to submit short reading responses (400–600 words each) to each topic, see above, and a paper (2500–3000 words) reflecting on what a multi-voice perspective might imply in their own fields of study. The paper might be based on the reading list provided for the course. If not approved immediately, the paper might be resubmitted for a new evaluation in three weeks’ time.

Papers will be circulated and read in advance, and each participant will serve as main commentator and chair on another’s contribution in the group discussions.

Students are expected to attend and participate through the whole course.

200–250 pages required readings.

The course will be conducted in English or Scandinavian, depending on the language skills of the participating PhD students.

The course is organized in conjunction with the professional skills workshop on remembering contested and repressed pasts (October 15-16), so that students may take one or both courses.

Contact information: 

Course convener: professor Narve Fulsås, University of Tromsø

Administrative support: Isak Måseiede, University of Tromsø


Partner institustions: 

University of Agder, Department of Religion, Philosophy and History

University of Bergen, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion

BI - Norwegian Business Schoow, Department of Law and Governance

Nord University, Faculty of Social Science

NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Humanities

University of Oslo, Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History

UiT - The Artic University of Norway, Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology

Volda University College - Social Sciences and History



Published Jan. 27, 2020 9:03 PM - Last modified Sep. 9, 2020 5:31 PM