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[Call for abstracts] Workshop “Indigeneity across Borders: Rethinking Indigenous Belonging in the Urban Milieu”

Deadline: 14 August 2019. The workshop will be held 7 September 2019 at the U. of Cambridge.

[Call for abstracts] Workshop “Indigeneity across Borders: Rethinking Indigenous Belonging in the Urban Milieu”

As a reflection of the growing trend of global urbanisation, the urban milieu is rapidly becoming the main residential site for indigenous peoples worldwide, representing one of the most important challenges faced by modern indigenous societies.

Land dispossession, poverty, militarisation, natural disasters, lack of employment opportunities, and the deterioration of traditional livelihoods have been among the factors that have contributed to indigenous peoples’ migration and settlement in cities. Whatever the reason that have led to this condition, indigenous peoples in cities often face particular challenges that make them vulnerable to a range of socio-political and economic inequalities. As the literature on indigenous peoples reveals, poverty and racism have prevented indigenous peoples from significantly improving their living conditions when they move to cities.

The Indigeneity across Borders workshop is seeking contributions that address, but are not limited to, the following questions:

  • New theoretical thinking on ethno-cultural borders and symbolic border making, including processes of identity building and construction of the ‘Other’.
  • The role of collective indigenous action: mobilisation, conflict, social movements, and associations.
  • The diverse material and symbolic relationships established with the communities of origin and with the state.
  • Urban citizenship, place-making and the struggle for rights to the city.
  • Challenges to the nation-state framework and its management of urban indigeneity.
  • Intersectional inequalities faced by indigenous peoples in cities related to (though not restricted to) racism, gender, unemployment, access to health, housing and education services.
  • The socio-political impact of indigenous spatial mobility and the multiple forms of intervention and appropriation of urban space.
  • The role of indigenous intellectuals, thinkers, and artists in constructing indigenous identities.

Abstracts should summarise the objectives of the proposed paper and explain how they relate to the key questions addressed in this call. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words and include a title for the presentation, the names, contact details and affiliation of all authors.

Please submit by 14 August 2019 (send to dab70@cam.ac.uk)

Workshop  “Indigeneity across Borders: Rethinking Indigenous Belonging in the Urban Milieu”

Keynote speaker: Professor Andrew Canessa, Head of Department of Sociology, U. of Essex

Organisers: Dana Brablec (Department of Sociology, Cambridge) and Sibylla Warrington (Department of Geography, Cambridge)

Date: Thursday 7 November 2019, 09:00

Venue: Barbara White Room, Newnham College, University of Cambridge (Sidgwick Ave, Cambridge CB3 9DF, see map), United Kingdom

There are no fees to pay and light meals will be provided during the day.

(Ms Dana Brablec via Twitter)

[Boletín SIUN 446, 18/19 de julio de 2019]

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