The first call for proposal is now open with a deadline for submission of paper title and abstract by latest February 28th, 2017. For further details go to the Participation menu.

The theme for the conference invites researchers, policy-makers, and others to engage in discussions highlighting diverse topics of knowledge including social memories and history, indigenous human rights, educational, societal and cultural heritage.

The institutional host of “Past, Present, and Future – Reconciliation, Learning and Cultural Diversities”, College of Social Education/Perorsaanermik Ilinniarfik in collaboration with Greenland Reconciliation Commission, invite you to contribute to an exchange of knowledge to be held in Ilulissat, Greenland, April 1-2, 2017. You are invited to participate in the conference as a session organizer, presenter of a paper or poster or as an attendee. Presentations on all aspects of sociocultural studies and knowledge will be welcome to be submitted. The host committee particularly welcomes presentations, discussions, workshops, performances and other opportunities for dialogue on “Past, Present, and Future – Reconciliation, Learning and Cultural Diversities” that may include:

  • Reconciliation and Decolonization
  • Colonial, Post-Colonial Relations and Assimilation
  • Oral Traditions and Theorizing
  • Community Based Research Matter
  • Knowledge and Identity
  • Learning Environment and Values
  • Theory, Method and Practice
  • Family Values - Children, Youth, Elders
  • Traditions and Cultural Canon

By attending this conference, you will have the chance to gain fruitful connections, discussions, ideas, and inspirations. Our motivation is that the conference will provide with cross-cutting multidisciplinary knowledge and to encourage conversation into diverse sociocultural traditions, changes in past, present and future.

Unfortunately, the conference organizers do not have sufficient funds to reimburse accommodation and travel expenses for those attending the conference, and thus should seek outside funding for conference related expenses.

The conference organizers will, however, have a couple of rooms to offer at favored rates. These will be announced during the next couple of weeks. 


The welcoming reception will be held at the Perorsaanermik ilinniarfik’s Aula on the evening of Friday March 31st. Sessions and workshops will begin in the morning of Saturday, April 1st and will continue until late afternoon of Sunday April 2nd

The banquet will be held on Sunday evening, April 2nd at the Perorsaanermik ilinniarfik

The conference will be followed by excursions. Series of events and tours are planned to highlight some of Ilulissat and Disco Bay’s cultural, historical and natural science heritage.

Conference Chairs

  • Josef Therkildsen Chair of Greenland Reconciliation Commission/ Dr. Karla Jessen Williamson University of Saskatchewan and Honorary member of Greenland Reconciliation Commission
  • Nuka Kleemann, Head of College of Social Education

More information and program schedule updates will be posted on a regular basis on the Conference website.