Árdna Award

Frist: 15.07.2020

For the 3rd time, UiT and the Centre for Sami Studies will present an award for the best master's thesis on Indigenous peoples. The award is given to the candidate who, in 2019/2020, has written the best master's thesis on issues related to Indigenous peoples and Indigenous peoples’ situation. The prize comes with NOK 10 000,-.

The award will contribute to promoting interest in and visibility of Sami and indigenous issues in master programs at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The award is presented to the student who, during an academic year, has written the best master's thesis on a topic related to Indigenous peoples, submitted at any of UiT's master's programs. The award should serve as an inspiration and contribute to the candidates' further professional development in the field.

The Centre for Sami Studies invites departments and research communities at UiT to nominate candidates for the award. The following must be apparent from the nomination:

  • Who is nominated
  • Written justification for the nomination, including thematic relevance for Sami and indigenous issues
  • Who is the proponent

Nominations of up to 1 page should be sent by e-mail to postmottak@sami.uit.no by 15 July 2020. Please mark the e-mail Árdnaprisen 2020.

If the nominated thesis has not yet been censored within the deadline for the nomination, the grade may be submitted later.

Criteria for award eligibility:

  • The thesis must be submitted during the current academic year at one of UiT's master’s programs.
  • The topic of the thesis must be related to Indigenous peoples and Indigenous peoples’ situation, past or present.
  • The thesis may be written in Norwegian, Sami or English and must be submitted via Munin.

Review of the nominations:
The committee to assess the nominations emanates from the program board for the Master in Indigenous Studies. It shall consist of at least three members representing different disciplines.

Presenting the award:
NB! Please note that this year’s award will be presented at the beginning of the new semester in August, since the festival is not taking place in July this year. With this year’s award comes a festival pass to the Riddu Riđđu festival 2021.

Previous winners of the Árdna award:

2018: Áslat-Niillas Áslat - Aslak Holmberg: Bivdit Luosa – To Ask for Salmon. Saami Traditional Knowledge on Salmon and the River Deatnu: In Research and Decision-making. ( https://munin.uit.no/handle/10037/12868 )

2019: Ellen-Johanne Kvalsvik: The Art of Performing Sound in Sámi Tourism: Decolonising Sápmi by Sounding Care in Verdde Tourism. ( https://munin.uit.no/handle/10037/16279 )



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