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Approaching indigenous territorialities in (post)colonial contexts

Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future (RAI2020)

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Published on Wednesday, October 09, 2019 by Céline Guilleux


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?

Submission guidelines

The Call for Papers is now open.

It closes on 8 January 2020.

To propose a paper: https://nomadit.co.uk/rai/rai2020/conferencesuite.php/paperproposal/8380

Proposals should consist of a paper title, a (very) short abstract of 300 characters and an abstract of 250 words. On submission the proposal, the proposing author (but not any co-authors listed) will receive automated email confirming receipt. If you do not receive this email, please first check the login environment (click login on the left) to see if your proposal is there. If it is, it simply means confirmation got spammed or lost; and if it is not, it means you need re-submit, as process went wrong somewhere.

A paper can only be submitted once and only one paper can be submitted per person.

Proposals will be marked as pending until the end of the Call for papers. C

onvenors will then be asked to make their decisions over the papers proposed to their workshop by 20 January 2020 and to communicate those to the proposers, marking them up within the login environment (Cocoa). Papers which are neither accepted nor rejected, but marked for 'transfer', will then be considered by the Conference Committee to see where else they might fit in the conference programme. There is no guarantee that such papers can be re-housed.

We aim to resolve all transfers by 21 February 2020.


  • London, Britain


  • Wednesday, January 08, 2020


  • indigeneity, postcolonial theories, border


  • Anne Lavanchy
    courriel : anne [dot] lavanchy [at] hesge [dot] ch
  • Irene Hirt
    courriel : irene [dot] hirt [at] unige [dot] ch

Information source

  • Anne Lavanchy
    courriel : anne [dot] lavanchy [at] hesge [dot] ch

To cite this announcement

« Approaching indigenous territorialities in (post)colonial contexts », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, October 09, 2019, https://calenda.org/679526

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