Virtual Talk with Dr. Outi Laiti: “Sami New Media and Digital Games”

Friday November 26, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

“Sami New Media and Digital Games” with Dr. Outi Laiti (University of Helsinki)

This event is part of the Indigenous Presence Lecture Series.

Friday, November 26, 2021
10am – 11:00 am PT
Location: Online via Zoom
Free & open to the public.


In her presentation Outi Laiti will discuss, based on her research, the aspects of developing Sámi game developers. Her journey introduces e.g. ethnoprogramming, supporting Indigenous youth to achieve programming skills in basic education, and Sami Game Jam, the rapid-paced game developing event. This work speaks to Sámi empowerment in game design where a small minority multi-roling manifests from event planning to design and research. The presentation will also address how to employ Indigenous methodology in game research, and what kind of aspects that choice might have.


Outi Laiti (She/Her), Ph.D. is an Indigenous Sámi game researcher and designer. In 2020, nominated her as one of the 100 Game Changers for her work on promoting e.g. Sámi gaming. She is an Associate researcher at the University of Helsinki Indigenous studies. Her field of research is education and computer science with a focus on Sámi language and culture in digital games and programming. She is also active in designing and co-organizing Sami Game Jams and has been involved in several game development and educational projects in the past. Her doctoral thesis “Old Ways of Knowing, New Ways of Playing” published in January 2021, discusses the potential of collaborative game design to empower Indigenous Sámi.

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