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Coppélie is an Associate Professor in Sámi Studies and Nordic
Folkloristics specializing in Minority Studies.
She has a PhD in Sámi Studies from Umeå University, and her
research interests are Storytelling, Folklore and Minority
After her thesis Revoicing Sámi narratives, North Sámi
storytelling at the turn of the 20th century (2008, Sámi Dutkan,
Umeå Universitet) she has extended her folkloristic approaches to
various forms of expressive culture and shifted from a historical
perspective to contemporary times, such as digital expressions of
Critical approaches to Minority Studies and Indigenous Research,
and ethical and methodological perspectives in digital ethnography
represent other research interests.
Coppélie is responsible for pedagogy and education at
- Production and transmission of indigenous knowledge: oral and
mediated strategies to express Sámi identities.
Project funded by FORMAS, 2013-2016. Other project participants:
Marianne Liliequist, Krister Stoor, Marica Nordström (Umeå
This project investigates strategies developed by Sámi
communities to ensure the transmission of cultural specific
knowledge. Four case studies examine more specifically how Sámi
groups have elaborated modes of communication (1) between
generations, (2) between herders and landowners, (3) as it takes
place on the Internet and (4) through popular music. Focus lies on
narrativity as a vehicle for shaping and conveying knowledge and
for the articulation of identities.
The role of storytelling and traditional narratives for passing
on norms and values and in processes of revitalization and identity
construction has been underscored in previous research.
Motorization of reindeer herding, urbanization, political changes
and new possibilities of mediated communication create new premises
for cultural transmission. In that context, we will examine how
traditional modes of communication are transposed and negotiated
The project combines a folkloristic approach and narrative
analysis of data collected through in-depth interviews and
participant observations, focusing on the artistic and
communicative aspects of storytelling. Intersectionality is
embedded in our approach.
The project will contribute to the understanding of indigenous
initiatives from an emic perspective. By examining successful
strategies for the improvement of cultural understanding, this
project will present models of significance not only for the Sámi
of Scandinavia but also for minority groups in other contexts.
Previous research projects
- Her research within the Media Places program at HUMlab was
concerned with the relationship between Sámi expressive culture
online and offline. Read more:
- Nature Narrated
A Study of Oral Narratives about Environmental and Natural
Disasters from a Folkloristic and Linguistic Ethnographic
Project funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (the Bank of Sweden
Tercentenary Foundation), 2012-2014. Other project participant:
Daniel Andersson, Umeå University.
Environmental and natural disasters lead not only to financial
and material losses but also to a disturbance of the natural order.
This project investigates how reindeer herders and farmers in
northern Sweden construct their understanding of their relationship
with nature in narratives about environmental and natural
disasters, climate change etc.
This project focuses on the implications of the discourses and
representations that emerge from the narratives. This approach
emphasizes the agency and interplay between different protagonists.
The analysis of narratives from communities with divergent
relationships to nature will yield new insights into forms of
This study will contribute to the current environmental debate
from the perspective of traditional knowledge. The selection of
narratives from the Swedish dialect and folklore archives gives
voice to those previously neglected. The project offers a
comparative perspective that includes different communities and
focuses on meaning making strategies.