Western Oregon University is hosting the University of Washington Canadian Fulbright fellow, Claudio Aporta, on Wednesday, April 11. His presentation, free and open to the public, will be held at noon in the Willamette Room of Werner University Center. Aporta’s talk is titled “Trails and Their Role in the Construction of the Inuit pan-Arctic Identities.” This event is sponsored by WOU’s Canadian Studies program, with the assistance of the Government of Canada/avec l’appui du gouvernement du Canada.
The Inuit’s experience in the Arctic is deeply rooted in a sense of homeland, ethnic identity, and the struggle to generate a sustainable livelihood. Aporta’s lecture will explore this connection to the Arctic environment through an analysis of how Inuit, using traditional knowledge, have navigated trails from the Bering Strait to Greenland, developing a sense of pan-Arctic identity.
Aporta is an associate professor within the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. His career has centered around ethnographic research within several Inuit communities in Nunavut. His major research interests are connected to how Inuit relate to their physical environment and the transmission of Inuit oral knowledge in contemporary contexts. He also explores new ways to represent oral knowledge using modern technologies.
Aporta was born in Argentina, where he completed a bachelor’s in communication at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. In 1997 he moved to Canada to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Alberta. Following this, he was appointed to a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at Université Laval.
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