Relate North: University of Lapland Press present a new collection of essays.

Professor Timo Jokela and Professor Glen Coutts of the University of Lapland bring together artists, art educators and researchers from across the Arctic Sustainable Arts and Design (ASAD) network in this edited collection of essays examining themes of culture, community and communication and the book details are provided below including links to where it can be accessed in digital and print form.
For more information of the work and activities of the ASAD network  see link here:

Relate North. Culture, Community and Communication


Drawing on projects and studies from northern countries, Relate North: Culture, Community and Communication explores contemporary practices in arts-based research and knowledge exchange in the fields of art and design. This anthology contains contributions from Canada, England, Finland, Norway, Russia and Scotland.

The interrelated themes of ‘culture’, ‘community’ and ‘communication’ formed the basis of the call that was issued to researchers, artists and designers. The chapters and visual essays in the book interpret the terms ‘arts’ and ‘design’ broadly to include, for example, crafts, indigenous making, media and product design. Aspects of culture and community are explored through the lens of contemporary arts and design. The contributing authors provide thought-provoking accounts of current practice in art, design and education.

Relate North brings together the work of leading scholars to explore issues of contemporary art, design, and arts-based research. The book will be of interest to a wide audience including, for example, practice-based researchers, artists, designers, anthropologists, geographers and social scientists in addition to those with a general interest in Northern and Arctic issues.

Relate North Verkkokauppa Juveneksessa
Relate North on Juvenes online bookstore


Timo Jokela & Glen Coutts

Iain Biggs
Re-visioning “North” as an ecosophical context for creative practices

Annamari Manninen & Mirja Hiltunen
Dealing with complexity – Pupils’ representations of place in the era of Arctic urbanization

Kathryn A. Burnett
Place apart: Scotland’s north as a cultural industry of margins

Irina V. Zemtsova & Valery Sharapov
“Tradition that does not exist”: Wood painting of Komi-ziryans

Essi Kuure, Heidi Pietarinen & Hannu Vanhanen
Experimenting with arctic social phenomena. A multicultural workshop model

Marlene Ivey
Designing for Nova Scotia Gaelic cultural revitalization: Collaborating, designing & transmitting cultural meaning

Anne Bevan & Jane Downes
Wilder Being: Destruction and creation in the littoral zone

Laila Kolostyák
A Tundra Project: Melting ice as an artistic material



Lapland University Press is a university publisher established in 2005. Its mission is to increase awareness of Northern and Arctic issues and culture in the scientific community and it has cooperated with the ASDA research network and published three earlier Relate North issues.
Relate North. Culture, Community and Communication you can buy from Juvenes Bookstore  or download it from Lauda-database 

Contact information:
Anne Koivula
Acting Head of Publications

Lapland University Press
Po box 8123
FI-96101 Rovaniemi


Islands Cultural Work: A Canadian – Scottish Focus

Research is being developed on the theme of cultural work on islands in both Scotland and Canada. Dr Lynda Harling Stalker, St Francis Xavier University, Canada and Dr Kathryn A Burnett, UWS, Scotland are developing a series of research objectives on the theme of cultural work in island settings. A number of field sites have already been explored and ethnographic work undertaken.

SCIS UWS at Cape Breton island cultures conference


Gaelic College Centre for Celtic Arts and Crafts, St Anns, Cape Breton

Kathryn A. Burnett, Ray Burnett, and Mike Danson all of SCIS@UWS each delivered papers to the Eighth International Small Islands Conference, 6-9 June 2012, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The conference theme was Traveling in Time: Islands of the Past, Islands of the Future, and organized by the Centre for Cape Breton Studies, along with the Department of History & Culture and the School of Art & Social Science at Cape Breton University, in collaboration with the Small Island Cultures Research Initiative (SICRI). The conference was an excellent opportunity for SCIS colleagues to meet up with other island studies academics, creative artists and performers. Links were refreshed with colleagues from several island studies focused institutions including especially University of Prince Edward Island, St. Francis Xavier University, and Cape Breton University, Canada, and many new collaborative links were made with new friends from both Canada and beyond.

Key themes for the conference papers and the various field site visits and cultural activities on offer included: music legacies, art practice and performativity, indigenous culture and language of islands peoples,  island narratives and practice of political resistance and expression, examination of island assets and community resources, and island industry and cultural entrepreneurship in the context of island studies critiques and global futures. The conference programme can be found here

My Glasgow Granny from Donegal

SCIS @UWS PhD student Rachael Flynn is currently developing her doctoral arts practice research around themes of migration and Irish women diasporic narratives. To explore Rachael’s work further visit her website detailing workshops and activity relating to this research. Rachael has worked closely with Glasgow’s women’s library on this project and is grateful to them for their support.

Ainmeil Thar Cheudan: A Centenary Celebration of Sorley MacLean (1911-2011)

Ainmeal Thar Cheudan

A Centenary Celebration of Sorley MacLean (1911-2011)

Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 June 2011
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye

In commemoration of the centenary of the birth of Sorley MacLean (1911 – 1996) Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and the Scottish Centre for Island Studies, Faculty of Business and Creative Industries, University of the West of Scotland invite you to join in a celebration of his life, work and legacy.

It is anticipated that this event will offer a range of academic and creative responses to Sorley’s cultural and political legacy with particular attention to his deep roots and referencing of island culture, history and experience. Furthermore, this proposed event will explore, with both established and more recently introduced scholars and artists, the significance and importance of Sorley MacLean within the wider context of the national culture of Scotland, the cultural terrain of the Highlands and Islands, and the cultural engagement of the 20th century Scottish left.

The academic focus will be a two day event structured around a selection of papers and discussion panels, as well as performance and creative practice activity detailing both Sorley’s own work and his inspiration to others.

In keeping with the internationalist perspectives that permeate Sorley’s own work, the event will be framed as an opportunity to offer an appreciation of what experiences and understanding of island life and culture, and of an island sense of place and dwelling, specifically but not exclusively in reference to Scotland, informed Sorley in his creative work and commentary.

Online Booking: Access  event website at


SCIS PhD Student Rachael Flynn presents at Picture this: postcards and letters beyond text conference at the University of Sussex, March 2011.

Rachael Flynn presents at the Picture this: postcards and letters beyond text conference at the University of Sussex, March 2011.

Funded by the Scottish Centre for Island Studies PhD student Rachael Flynn travels to the University of Sussex to take part in the Picture this: postcards and letters beyond text conference:

.Rachael’s paper is based on her current doctoral research and pertains to the use of archival documents in her creative practice research. See here for a link to her paper’s abstract:

Rachel Flynn: Using the written letter as a fine-art source to inform and stimulate a creative practice-led enquiry

Community Media Networking Day, CCA Glasgow

As part of the Viewpoints Community Film Festival, Kirsten MacLeod, SCIS PhD student, is organising a Community Media Networking Day at CCA Glasgow on Thursday 18th November for practitioners and participants of community media to network, show their work and discuss issues surrounding community based media. It is a free event, between 12-6pm, with a showcase of young people’s films in the evening produced by SWAMP and Plantation Productions. More details to follow, but if you are a community based filmmaker, or know of anyone who would like to take part or come along, do contact Kirsten at kirstenmac [at]

SCIS PhD student screens at Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, 2010

 As part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, a short film produced by SCIS PhD student Kirsten Macleod  is being shown at GMAC/Streetlevel Gallery at Tron 103 on Thursday 7th October between 7-10pm. It’s titled “Playtime” and is about  remembering and rediscovering the joys of childhood fun. The film is also part of the touring exhibition, Time Out: Arts Showcase and will also be screened at Cardonald Library on  14th October 1-7pm and Pollok Civil Realm: 21st,  1-7pm. There is also a photography exhibition, Mutter Shutter associated with the project.