Thursday, March 20, 2008

Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Africa and North America Compared

Conference: "Indigenous Environments: African and North American Environmental Knowledge and Practices Compared"

The Africana Studies and Environmental Studies Programs at Bowdoin College are pleased to be hosting a conference to discuss indigenous environmental knowledge April 3-5, 2008. The conference, "Indigenous Environments: African and North American Environmental Knowledge and Practices Compared" will bring twenty scholars of African and Native American history and culture from across North America to campus to explore pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial relationships with the environment over time. Funding for the conference has been provided by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Arun Agrawal of the University of Michigan will open the conference with the keynote address "Indigenous Knowledge and Power" on Thursday, April 3. The keynote address is open to the public. We encourage interested faculty and students to attend the conference.

By placing African and Native American local knowledge and practices alongside one another, we hope that participants might not only compare differences between period and place, but also between different traditions of scholarship. Specific topics will include land tenure and treaty rights, health and food ways, religion, science and scientists, identity and ethnicity, and natural resource management.

For more information about the conference, please visit the web site.

If you are interested in attending, please contact David Gordon ( While Bowdoin cannot offer any financial support, we will make every effort to enable you to participate in all the conference functions.

Organizers of the Conference

Connie Y. Chiang, Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College David Gordon, Assistant Professor of History, Bowdoin College Matthew Klingle, Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College Lance Van Sittert, Mellon Global Scholar in Environmental Studies and Associate Professor of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town

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