Scholars in various disciplines have conventionally studied borderlands as a question of geography. “Borderlands” imply the existence of borders that separate physical geographies; but borderlands can also constitute a distinct space in its own right. We propose to rethink “land” so as to include non-physical domains such as cultural, social, linguistic, environmental, and theoretical spaces. In this context, “borders” come to signify a process of interaction, circulation, as well as separation between physical and/or non-physical spaces. Indigeneity is taken to imply ﬁrst-order connections between group and locality. It indexes an originariness that places “natives” in relation to immigrant or settler “others.” Experiences of colonization in the past and present continue to formulate indigeneity as a global political category which presents claims against nation-states for their conquest, inhumane or genocidal treatment, and dislocation from ancestral lands. Yet, the emergent vitality of indigenous subjectivites–modes of relating to and action within a transforming world–suggests a potentially fruitful synergy between indigeneity and borderlands.
In an effort to explore intersections of spaces, time periods, and disciplines, this conference will bring together scholars working on relationships between indigeneity and borderlands.
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