We invite abstracts before the 25 July deadline for the panel 'Engaging with Indigenous Identities in Cross-Cultural Perspective' for the AAS annual conference hosted by Macquarie University this upcoming December. Please contact either of the panel organisers, Greg Acciaioli or David Trigger, with your abstracts. Look forward to seeing you all in Sydney, Greg
Despite criteria for Indigenous status established by the ILO, other UN organizations, and NGOs affiliated with the international Indigenous Peoples movement, the interpretation and application of such criteria are quite variable, prioritising various combinations of ancestry, acknowledgement of Custom or Law, and different positions in histories of colonial and postcolonial interaction. This panel problematises universal frameworks of Indigeneity, interrogating political processes and cultural framings through which Indigeneity is invoked and attributed (or not) in transnational, national and local contexts. We seek papers dealing with a wide range of countries and local settings and with transnational processes and organisations affecting how Indigeneity is defined, claimed, and disputed at various levels, focusing on such issues as:
- The politics of claims to 'Indigeneity'
- Transnational dimensions of the Indigenous peoples' movement, including human rights issues;
- Impacts of national policies recognizing or denying Indigenous status;
- Uses and contestations of Indigenous status in political/legal contests over ownership/custodianship of land and resources;
- Attributions of 'nativeness' to 'Indigenous' species of plants and animals and attitudes and policies regarding ‘exotic’ flora and fauna.
- Implications of such factors for the ethics of engagement with Indigenous communities in research, policy formulation and evaluation, ‘interventions’, etc.
Greg Acciaioli, Anthropology and Sociology, The University of Western Australia (email@example.com; (08) 64882861)
David Trigger, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland (firstname.lastname@example.org; (07) 3365 3170)