Conference: Mathematics in Indigenous and Migrational Contexts

08 Nov

Praktisk informasjon

  • Dato: 8. november 2022 - 10. november 2022
  • Tid: Hele dagen
  • Sted: Alta, Norway
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  • Påmeldingsfrist: 1. september 2022
  • Registration form

    The conference has reserved rooms at Scandic Alta which are available for booking until September 1, 2022
    How to book a room at Scandic Alta 
    Phone number: 0047 78482700
    Booking code: BUSN071122

    After 1st September we cannot guarantee available rooms at Scandic Alta 

    Conference correspondence and paper submission:

    Any questions:
    Kaja Burt-Davies

We welcome you to the MIM-conference in Alta, in the High North of Norway. MIM is short for Mathematics in Indigenous and Migrational Contexts, which is a five-year research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR).

Find out more about the MIM research project here (

At this conference, we welcome conversations about mathematics education in
Indigenous and/or migrational contexts. We invite research papers, where accepted papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Mathematics and Culture but also other forms of participation. For these forms of participation, please email us a one-page description of what you want to share and what format you have in mind, perhaps describing what kind of discussion you would hope for. 

Keynote speakers

Programme (subject to minor changes):
November 7 November 8 November 9 November 10

9-9.30 Registration
and coffee
9.30-10 Opening ceremony
10-11 Keynote 1
11-12 Paper session
12-13 Lunch

8.30-9.30 Keynote 2 
9.30-10 Coffee break 
 10-12 Paper session 
12-13 Lunch 

8.30-9.30 Keynote 3
9.30-10 Coffee break 
10-11:30 Paper session
11.30-13 Closing Panel 

  13-16 Other forms of participation* /Paper session  13-16 Other forms of participation* /Paper session 
Lunch and departure
Evening Arrival (social gathering Evening Other forms of participation* (with refreshments)  Evening Conference dinner at Sorrisniva   
* Other forms of participation (posters, teachers sharing their experiences, workshops, roundtable discussion etc.) will be announced after September 1. 

Conference fee

*Participation 8th - 10th November. Incl. 3 x lunch. Pizza at campus 8th November. NOK 2300,00 incl. 25% VAT
*Participation 8th - 10th November. Incl. 3 x lunch. Pizza at campus 8th November and conference dinner 9th November. NOK 3000,00 incl. 25% VAT.

Conference location

Áltá (in Sami, Alattio in Kven, Alta in Norwegian) is located at the intersection of the
mearra/meri/sea and the duottar/tunturi/mountain in western parts of Finnmark county.

Throughout its history Áltá/Alattio has been a hub for trade and a stopping point in the Arctic region. This geographic area has, since the Stone Age, been a meeting place for several indigenous people groups that today share a common history and future.

The university city Áltá/Alattio is situated in this arctic environment only minutes from the city center, but you can find yourself immersed in nature and the silence of the wind, snow and waves. The stable climate, the warm and welcoming city and people of this multicultural society and the variation between seasons defines Áltá/Alattio.

You will not see the energizing Midnight Sun during the conference, but experience the cozy atmosphere of the Polar Night, and we keep our fingers crossed for the magnificent Northern Lights to visit us during this week of November 2022.

Read more on what to do and see in Áltá/Alattio here (

Norgga árktalaš universitehta/Norjan Arktinen Universiteetti/The Arctic University of Norway will host the conference. The first institution for higher education, Finnmark University College, was established in 1973.

However, this was not the first time it was possible to enter higher education in the county. In the middle of the 19th century, teachers were trained in Áltá/Alattio with a special focus on the Sami population. The training was discontinued after seven years, and the education of teachers in Finnmark was moved to wat was called «the seminar» in Tromsø. It would take one hundred years before teachers were trained again in Finnmark, and then as their own teacher training college.

In 2013 Finnmark University College merged with the University of Tromsø.
The merger strengthened the university’s focus on the northern areas. That year the university changed its name to the University of Tromsø, the Arctic University of Norway ( 

Dialogue about Experiences:

If you want to participate in the conference but not submit a research paper, we will be open to other forms of participation (posters, teachers sharing their experiences, etc.).

If you are interested, please email us at by September 1, 2022.

Research Paper Guidelines:

MIM welcomes papers about research in the field of mathematics education in
Indigenous and/or migrational contexts, specifically research that respects the
knowledge and experiences of marginalized people groups in these contexts.

Empirical, theoretical and methodological papers are welcome. Accepted papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Mathematics and Culture (JMC), edited by Annica Andersson (, Hilja Lisa Huru (, Anita Movik Simensen (, Beth Herbel-Eisenmann ( and David Wagner (