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Department of Sociology

Indigeneity across Borders: Rethinking Indigenous Belonging in the Urban Milieu

This one-day workshop aims to bring together a group of researchers in different career stages whose research addresses crucial issues for the analysis of urban indigeneity around the world, from both practical and theoretical perspectives.

Date: 7 November 2019
Venue: Newnham College, University of Cambridge
Keynote speaker: Professor Andrew Canessa (Head of Department of Sociology, University of Essex)

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

Submission Deadline - 14 August 2019

Please send abstracts to Dana Brablec:

Further information:

** Please note that small bursaries are available on a competitive basis to support speakers' travel costs **


Supported by the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Cambridge.

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