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November 11-12 2019

All Day Eent

This two-day interdisciplinary symposium hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities is open to academics, representatives and experts from Indigenous Peoples’ organizations and nations, states, non-governmental organizations and intergovernmental organizations.

Selected issues for discussion:

• Borders, territories and the politics of recognition: evolving contexts of statehood, and indigenous governance• Borders, lands, territories in everyday life worlds, public memory and border poetics

• Re-bordering and de-bordering by the state and its high-tech intelligence-military complex

• The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a universal document and framework of situated border politics

• Indigenous visions of multiple territorialities and trans-border movements

• Well-being with culture and identity within and without borders in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals


Organized by: Columbia University (Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program), (UiT) – the Arctic University of Norway and the University of British Columbia (First Nations and Indigenous Studies, Department of Political Science)

Co-Sponsored by: Columbia’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights (Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program); UiT – the Arctic University of Norway; the University of British Columbia (First Nations and Indigenous Studies, Department of Political Science); University of Guelph (Political Science Department), Canada; University of Lapland, Finland (Sami and Arctic Indigenous Studies); New York University (Center for Latin American Studies); MADRE; and the International Indian Treaty Council; Columbia University’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS); Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and The University Seminar on Indigenous Studies.

Pre-registration information can be found here.