Sámi Child–Adult/Past–Present Entanglements in a Painful Lecture at University
  • Tuija Huuki
  • Maija Lanas
Part of the Children: Global Posthumanist Perspectives and Materialist Theories book series (CGPPMT)


The concluding chapter of the book is written by Tuija Huuki and Maija Lanas. It addresses Arctic child-adult/past-present entanglements in a painful past-present lecture at university. Tuija and Maija create a chapter where they approach childhood with post-individual and non-anthropocentric theories of subjectivity. They point out how experiences are seen beyond subject–object and Past–Present distinction by exploring how affectivity operates through and with these binary oppositions. To illustrate their understanding, they use Tuija’s memories about her Sami childhood and present adulthood as a university lecturer. They show how the past as part of the present, when “past jumps into the present” and childhood memories take over the adult present. Different elements work together and become constitutive forces through which affectivity operates. Through their chapter, Tuija and Maija point out the importance of understanding “child as emerging within intersections of past events and an adult as emerging at an intersection of past events”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OuluOuluFinland

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