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Relocating Kiruna: gender, place and past in the colonial context
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS). (Arcum)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2766-0087
2013 (English)In: Book of Abstracts: The Ida Blom Conference, 2013, p. 32-32Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The city of Kiruna in Northern Sweden was founded by the LKAB Company 100 years ago around the prosperous mine. Today, the continued expansion of the mine has led to the risk of major ground collapse and makes it necessary to relocate the city centre, a few kilometres north-east of its previous location, in order to secure both safety and the continuance of iron ore mining. In this transformation process there is an ongoing discussion about what from the “old” Kiruna is worth saving, and what should be transformed and changed for the future. The relocation process generates a historiography about what Kiruna “is”, what it was in the past and what made it what it is today. In the vision of the municipality the idea of a masculine life style in Kiruna, formed by the mining industry, needs to be changed in order to make it feasible for women to remain. Due to these visions I ‘m interested in how Kiruna is historized from the ambitions of early colonization. I want to study how power is visualized in representations of gender, place and past. The representation of time in the fiction of this relatively young city constructs the memory of the city's history and ”the historic town” in the municipality’s production of information around the city transformation. This study will actualize the themes of colonial discourse: the male exploration of a feminized, “empty” northern land. In this presentation I will show examples of historical accounts and photographic memories and discuss the processes of power that arise in this social experiment. I’m asking how these processes both limit and enable democracy and participation of different groups of people in Kiruna. What history and whose history is reproduced and recounted for the future?

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2013. p. 32-32
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-101538OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-101538DiVA, id: diva2:800087
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The Ida Blom Conference – Gendered Citizenship: History, Politics and Democracy, Bergen, 14-15 October 2013
Available from: 2015-04-01 Created: 2015-04-01 Last updated: 2018-09-21Bibliographically approved

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