Project Details


Based on the assumption that production of knowledge and aesthetic epistemologies are influenced by long-standing colonial narratives, Artic Routes, Southern Ways is an international collaborative project which aims to study the differences and similarities among Artic and Southern colonial legacies. This joint initiative will compare and/or contrast two different colonial legacies to create alternative narratives and methods of knowledge production in art institutions and academia. Portugal established an overseas empire, spread over five continents, that lasted from the 15th Century until the second half of the 20th Century. In turn, in Norway, the Sámi minority has lost rights over their territory, and they have been exposed to a fierce Norwegianization. Hegemonic narratives of the search for national unity in Norway, or the view of a “good” colonialism or “lusotropicalism”, in Portugal, bring these otherwise distant countries rather close, given that such experiences have prevailed in many instances of public discourse, policies in institutional practices, in academia and in art institutions.

This research project is funded by EEA Grants and Nordisk Kulturfond.
Effective start/end date1/01/2431/12/24

Collaborative partners

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • Artic
  • Southern Europe
  • Portugal
  • Norway
  • Colonialism
  • Decolonial aesthetics
  • Art institutions
  • Academia
  • Marginalized communities
  • Sámi people
  • Afropeans


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