In this presentation, I will discuss the benefits of putting Indigenous perspectives and Digital Humanities (DH) in conversation with each other in order to elaborate a DH approach suitable for Indigenous research and to suggest critical perspectives for a more sustainable DH. For that purpose, I examine in particular practices of data harvesting and sharing from the perspectives of Sámi research.
Previous research has emphasized the role of cultural and social contexts in the design, use, applications, and adaptation of technologies in general, and digital technologies in particular (Douglas, 1987; Nissenbaum 2001) and several scholars have argued for how the application of critical studies would be a fruitful contribution to the DH (McPherson 2012; Liu 2012).
Here, I would like to suggest an approach that addresses a need to acknowledge the diversity of technoscientific traditions. The perspectives of Indigenous groups bring this matter to a head. In order to make DH more sustainable and inclusive, the development of DH should be driven by cultural studies to a greater extent than it has been so far. A sustainable DH also means to better render the plurality of cultural values, perspectives and ethics that characterize our fieldworks and subjects of research.