Carl-Gösta Ojala

carl-gosta.ojala@arkeologi.uu.se

My name is Carl-Gösta (C-G) Ojala. I’m a researcher in archaeology at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University. My main research interests include history and heritage in Northern Fennoscandia and northern Russia, Sámi history and archaeology, Russian and Soviet archaeology, histories of archaeology, as well as issues of heritage, identity, nationalism, indigeneity, colonialism, politics, cultural rights and ethics.

I’m currently working with the research project Bronze Age Landscapes in the North: Contacts between Central Sweden and Northern Sweden during the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age (2019–2021), together with Karin Ojala. The aim of the project is to examine the relationship between Mälardalen and the northern Swedish coastal regions during the Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age. A special focus will be on “eastern” objects which have been discovered in central and northern Sweden. Central to the study are questions about regional differences, regional identities and interregional contacts. Another aim is to critically examine the division between North and South in the study of the Bronze Age, as well as other prehistoric periods. Therefore, an important question will be how the images of contacts between the northern Swedish coast and Mälardalen have developed in a research historical perspective.

In recent years, I have worked in two research projects, together with Jonas M. Nordin from the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm and other researchers, focusing on the early modern colonial history in Sápmi, and its legacies today. The first project Collecting Sápmi: Early Modern Globalization of Sámi Material Culture and Sámi Cultural Heritage Today (2014–2018) aims to examine early modern interest in and collecting of Sámi material culture and to follow the movement of Sámi objects between scholars and collectors around Europe. The aim is also to discuss the legacies of the early modern collecting and the importance of the collected objects today, including repatriation and revitalization processes. The second project A Colonial Arena: Landscape, People and Globalization in Inland Northern Sweden in the Early Modern Period (2014–2017) deals with industrialization, mining and missionary campaigns in the Sámi areas in northern Sweden in the 17th and 18th centuries, and colonial history and heritage in Sápmi today. Both projects are funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Read more about the two projects:

Collecting Sápmi: http://www.arkeologi.uu.se/Research/Projects/collecting-sapmi/

A Colonial Arena: http://www.arkeologi.uu.se/Research/Projects/A+Colonial+Arena/

I have also participated in the project Understanding the Cultural Impacts and Issues of Lapland Mining, which is funded by the Academy of Finland (2015–2018; project leader Vesa-Pekka Herva, University of Oulu). This project deals with histories of mining in Northern Fennoscandia, as well as present-day conflicts over mining.

In my research I’m also interested in exploring comparative perspectives on histories of archaeology and concepts of ethnicity, nationalism and indigeneity in the Nordic countries and Russia and the Soviet Union. I was the project leader of the research project Arctic Origins: Archaeology and the Search for the Origins of the Northern Peoples in the East and the West, funded by the Swedish Research Council (2011–2015), which examines the changing views on the origins of the Sámi and other northern populations, and the roles of the northern areas and the northern peoples in the national/imperial archaeological narratives, in the Nordic countries and Russia and the Soviet Union, from the 19th century until today.

In 2009, I finished my doctoral dissertation, Sámi Prehistories: the Politics of Archaeology and Identity in Northernmost Europe, at Uppsala University. The dissertation examines Sámi (pre)history and Sámi archaeology, partly from a research historical perspective, and partly from a more contemporary perspective, dealing with issues of identity politics, cultural heritage and archaeological ethics, such as debates on Sámi heritage management, cultural rights and repatriation of Sámi cultural heritage and reburial of Sámi human remains.

It is possible to read the dissertation in full text online:

http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-108857

  • Nordin, Jonas M.; Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Collecting, Connecting, Constructing: Early modern commodification and globalization of Sámi material culture

    Part of Journal of material culture, p. 58-82, 2018.

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  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Encountering "the Other" in the North: Colonial histories in early modern northern Sweden

    Part of Facing Otherness in Early Modern Sweden, p. 209-228, 2018.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta; Herva, Vesa-Pekka; Naum, Magdalena; Monié Nordin, Jonas et al.

    Modernization on the Northern Fringe of Europe: The Historical Archaeology of Early Modern Sweden

    Part of The Oxford Handbook of Historical Archaeology, 2018.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta; Hillerdal, Charlotta; Karlström, Anna

    Archaeologies of "Us" and "Them": Debating History, Heritage and Indigeneity

    2017.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta; Nordin, Jonas M.

    Att samla Sápmi: tidigmodern insamling av samisk materiell kultur och det samiska kulturarvet i dag

    Part of Uppsala mitt i Sápmi - Sábme - Saepmie II, p. 25-28, 2017.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Contested colonial history and heritage in Sápmi: archaeology, indigeneity and local communities in northern Sweden

    Part of Archaeologies of "Us" and "Them": Debating History, Heritage and Indigeneity, p. 258-271, 2017.

  • Nordin, Jonas M.; Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Copper Worlds: A historical archaeology of Abraham and Jakob Momma-Reenstierna and their industrial enterprise in the Torne River Valley, c. 1650-1680

    Part of Acta Borealia, p. 103-133, 2017.

    Open access
  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Heritage and indigenous rights

    Part of Archaeologies of "Us" and "Them": Debating History, Heritage and Indigeneity, p. 195-198, 2017.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta; Hillerdal, Charlotta; Karlström, Anna

    Introduction

    Part of Archaeologies of "Us" and "Them": Debating History, Heritage and Indigeneity, p. 1-13, 2017.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta; Monié Nordin, Jonas

    Sámi archaeology in a global perspective:: heritage, indigeneity and politics

    Part of Fennoscandia Archaeologica, p. 122-126, 2017.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Svenska kyrkan och samiska mänskliga kvarlevor

    Part of De historiska relationerna mellan Svenska kyrkan och samerna, p. 993-1028, 2016.

  • Monié Nordin, Jonas; Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Collecting Sápmi: Early modern collecting of Sámi material culture

    Part of Nordisk Museologi, p. 114-122, 2015.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta; Nordin, Jonas M

    Collecting Sápmi: Early modern collecting of Sámi material culture

    Part of Nordisk Museologi, p. 114-122, 2015.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta; Nordin, Jonas M.

    Mining Sápmi: Colonial Histories, Sámi Archaeology, and the Exploitation of Natural Resources in Northern Sweden

    Part of Arctic Anthropology, p. 6-21, 2015.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta; Nordin, Jonas M.

    Sápmis koloniala historia

    Part of Uppsala Nya Tidning, 2015.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    East and West, North and South in Sápmi - Networks and Boundaries in Sámi Archaeology in Sweden

    Part of Sounds Like Theory, p. 173-185, 2014.

    Open access
  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Leo S. Klejn: Soviet Archaeology: Trends, Schools, and History

    Part of Norwegian Archaeological Review, p. 108-110, 2014.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Soviet Archaeology: Trends, Schools, and History

    Part of Norwegian Archaeological Review, p. 108-110, 2014.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta; Ojala, Karin

    Mellan Öst och Väst: Arkeologisk forskning och gränser då och nu

    Part of Institutionens historier, p. 129-140, 2013.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Aktuella teoretiska diskussioner och nya perspektiv i nordisk arkeologi: XII Nordic TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group) vid Uleåborgs universitet 25-28 april 2012

    Part of Muinaistutkija, p. 43-48, 2012.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Anders Wepsäläinen, Stalotomterna - en kritisk granskning av forskningsläget rörande en omdiskuterad fornlämningstyp

    Part of Svenska landsmål och svenskt folkliv, p. 156-159, 2012.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Samisk förhistoria och samisk arkeologi i Sverige - i går, i dag och i framtiden?

    Part of Uppsala mitt i Sápmi, p. 13-21, 2012.

  • Tunón, Håkan; Frändén, Märit; Ojala, Carl-Gösta; Öhman, May-Britt et al.

    Uppsala mitt i Sápmi: Rapport från ett symposium arrangerat av Föreningen för samiskrelaterad forskning i Uppsala, Upplandsmuseet 4-5 maj 2011

    2012.

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  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Challenging archaeology? Some comments on the repatriation and reburial debates

    Part of Archaeology of Indigenous Peoples in the North, p. 51-71, 2011.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Arkeologisk etik och återförandefrågan - diskussioner i Sverige

    Part of Muinaistutkija, p. 37-50, 2010.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Etik i tiden? Utmaningar och möjligheter för arkeologin

    Part of Gäller vanligt folkvett också för akademiker?, p. 24-31, 2010.

  • Geijersalen, Centre for the Humanities, English Park Campus, Uppsala 2009-11-14 10:00

    Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Sámi Prehistories: The Politics of Archaeology and Identity in Northernmost Europe

    Open access
  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Etnicitet... och sedan? Identitet, etnicitet och arkeologi i nordligaste Europa

    Part of Etnicitet och arkeologi, p. 101-118, 2008.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Mapping the North: ethnicities, territories and the networks of archaeology

    Part of Current Swedish Archaeology, 2006.

  • Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Saami archaeology in Sweden and Swedish archaeology in Sápmi: boundaries and networks in archaeological research

    Part of People, material culture and environment in the North, p. 33-41, 2006.

  • Eklund, Susanna; Ojala, Carl-Gösta; Bäckström, Ylva; Darmark, Kim et al.

    Vaxmyra - två boplatser vid en bäck: Välbevarade huslämningar och ett gravområde från äldre järnålder

    2005.

  • Hagström, Sara; Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Arkeologisk undersökning av stenåldersboplats, Utsidan Lasses hydda (J106C), Jokkmokks sn, Lappland, 2000.

    2001.

  • Hagström, Sara; Ojala, Carl-Gösta

    Möten i Norr – publik arkeologisk utgrävning, enkätundersökning. Älvnäset, Vuollerim, Lappland

    2001.