Living in the landscape (5+5 ECTS)

Living in the landscape (LiLa) is an multidisciplinary summer school for MA and PhD students where landscapes are explored with culturally sensitive and new materialistic investigations and art-based processing. The central themes are cultural, ecological and social sustainability and posthuman issues related to the circumpolar North´s sociocultural environments.

LiLa is a multidisciplinary summer school and it is organized annually with ASAD network (Arctic Sustainable Arts and Design). This year including partners from Sweden, Norway, Finland, UK, Scotland, Alaska and Yukon. Each country can have 6 students in the school. Credits are given from University of Lapland in a type of international exchange, to facilitate MA students who wants their credits registered. 

Two parts

LiLa is divided in two parts: online lectures and seminars (5 ECTS) and onsite fieldwork week (5 ECTS), which this year is in Umeå and High Coast. Students can participate in one or both parts, if your university has funding for travelling. Learn more about the set up below. 

The central themes of the summer school are cultural, ecological and social sustainability and posthuman issues related to the circumpolar North’s sociocultural environments and the various expressions of Northern culture and nature. These are approached through multidisciplinary research methods, for instance the arts, handicrafts and nature sciences through living in and exploring the culture and environment in different location participating the school.

The focus of the school is on the encounters between traditions and modern times: traditional forms of culture and contemporary practices are brought to dialogue and work as materials for the school. The landscapes are explored and interpreted with culturally sensitive and new materialistic investigations and artbased processing.

Lecture and seminar, 5 ECTS, Online

  • Pre-assignment: pre-reading (Ingold)
  • Active participation and completion of group assignments
  • Visual essay on landscapes based on own field of study and multidisciplinary approaches

Fieldwork, 5 ECTS, Onsite

  • Week 21, 2023
  • In Umeå and High Coast, Sweden
  • Assignments
  • Collaboration with local museums

Preliminary Schedule

  • First and second seminar in March (á 6 hours in the afternoons) ONLINE
  • Third and fourth seminar in April (á 6 hours in the afternoons) ONLINE
  • Fieldwork in the week 21, Umeå and High Coast, Sweden ONSITE
  • Critique seminars for art-based productions end of August ONLINE 
  • Exhibition opening and Publication launch November 2023 VIRTUAL and ON-SITE


  • Finland:
  • Norway:
  • Scotland:
  • Sweden:


Course details

Academic level(s)Master,PhD
Language of instruction
InstitutionUmeå University
Begin date16.03.2023
End date23.11.2023
Registration deadline12.03.2023
ECTS credits10.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyArts (broad programmes)Fine artsMusic and performing artsAudio-visual techniques and media productionDesignCraft skillsArts (others)Humanities (broad programmes)History and archaeologyPhilosophy and ethicsSociology and cultural studiesWholesale and retail salesMarketing and advertisingWorking lifeEnvironmental scienceTextiles, clothes, footwear, leatherMaterials (wood, paper, plastic, glass)Architecture and town planningBuilding and civil engineeringArchitecture and building (broad programmes)Agriculture, forestry and fishery (broad programmes)Health (others)Hotel, restaurant and cateringTravel, tourism and leisureDomestic servicesTransport services (broad programmes)
Teaching placeOnline + Umeå and High Coast, Sweden
Tagssummer schoolartdesignartscollaborationNorthern Sweden
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