Forskergruppeleder Harald Gaski

Harald Gaski is Associate Professor of Sami literature at the University of Tromsø, Norway. Gaski is the author and editor of several books and articles on Sami literature and culture. Gaski has been visiting scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara, U of Washington, Seattle, and U of Colorado, Boulder in the USA, Australian National University's research unit in Darwin, Australia, Maori research institute at Auckland University, New Zealand and at the University of Greenland.

Gaski’s research topics include indigenous peoples’ literatures with specific emphasis on Sami literature. Gaski has been instrumental in establishing Sami literature as an academic field. In 2006 Gaski was awarded the Nordic Sami Language Prize, and the same year he was given the award for best dissemination of research at University of Tromsø. He is currently member of the international advisory panel for Nga Pae te Maramatanga, a Maori research institute at Auckland University in New Zealand, and is a member of the editorial team for the journal on indigenous peoples published by this Center, AlterNative. Gaski is editor of Sámi academica, a research series published by the Sami press, ČálliidLágádus in Karasjok, Norway.

Gaski has participated in translating Sami prose and poetry into English, which can be found in his anthology In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun. Contemporary Sami Prose and Poetry, 1997, and in two renditions into English of the late Sami poet Nils-Aslak Valkeapää’s books Trekways of the Wind, 1994, and The Sun, My Father, 1997. Besides his publications in English, Gaski has written extensively in Sami and Norwegian. His most recent publication is a book of brief essays in Sami, entitled Čálistii čázi, 2010.