The Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future conference will be held 4 to 7 June 2020 at the British Museum, Clore Centre, SOAS, Senate House and Royal Geographical Society.
Panel Session: Approaching indigenous territorialities in (post)colonial contexts
Convenors: Anne Lavanchy (Anthropology, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) and Irène Hirt (geography, University of Geneva)
The panel invites geographers and anthropologists to exchange about the epistemological and methodological challenges of understanding indigenous territorialities -the way to inhabit, think of and represent space, and the complex set of social relationships unfolding in (post) colonial contexts.
Indigenous peoples have been constructed as a category of political action and of scholar knowledge in an ontological relationship to their “land” and “territory”. Their presence and claims for self-determination and the recovery of spoiled territories draw on state-based assumptions that each people inhabits its own territory in an exclusive way. Still, indigenous peoples also challenge state-based assumptions as they often step back from mere productivist and economic perspectives by taking into account the social, affective and symbolic dimensions of territory. The panel invites geographers and anthropologists to exchange about how exploring and understanding contemporary indigenous territorialities – that is, the way indigenous peoples inhabit, think of and represent space, as well as the complex set of social relationships unfolding in (post)colonial contexts – challenges epistemologies and methodologies in both disciplines. It thus specifically concentrates on the (co)production of knowledge about indigenous territorialities through texts, mental mapping and other cartographic representations to address further questions: – How do pressures on indigenous peoples to legitimate their territorial rights and on natural resources (drawing boundaries, marking ceremonial sites…) (re)frame their territorialities? And how do geographers and anthropologists analyze and conceptualize these transformations and evolving realities? – How can the collaboration of researchers, with indigenous peoples but also across scholarly disciplines, help design effective methodological tools to translate specific territorialities for broader audiences, in academy as well as outside, it in a decolonial perspective?
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