Three Days of Interdisciplinary Conversations on Sovereignty, Justice, Resiliency, Collaborative Research and Community Care

Indigenous Ecologies will feature speakers from diverse disciplinary and community backgrounds. Our program is informed by three interrelated themes: 1. Indigenous Environmental Knowledge, Science, and Policy; 2. Environmental Justice, Sovereignty, and Advocacy; and 3. Memory, Place, and Belonging.

One of its main goals is to strengthen interdisciplinary initiatives, connecting the humanities and sciences, by relating them to indigenous scholarly collaborations from North America and other parts of the world. Foregrounding indigenous perspectives on matters of interdisciplinary concern is moreover significant to growing conversations on the potential for Indigenous Studies at the University of Virginia. A final goal of Indigenous Ecologies is to make program themes relevant to public and community interests, particularly in light of the recent federal recognition for six Virginia tribes.

Scheduled presentations reflect the goals outlined above (for details please refer to the link below).  Thursday’s lecture describes how emerging networks of practice are bringing together humanists, social scientists, and scientists to engage in wider conversations on the Anthropocene. The talk focuses four humanities observatories that have made indigenous concepts, ontologies, and cosmologies central to their projects, as powerful alternatives to dominant progress narratives. On Friday, a panel of two anthropologists and a community organizer addresses the challenges of doing research, advocacy and environmental work, in with and for one’s own community. On Saturday there will be a series of roundtables. First, two drafters of the Indigenous Declaration of Support for the March for Science will lead a round table on knowledge sovereignty and the indigenous sciences, as a powerful alternative to mainstream western science.  A second-round table will address the need for legal mechanisms and environmental justice processes that support indigenous sovereignty and self-determination. Additional events and activities will be announced in the near future.

To see the advance program please visit:

https://indigenousarts.as.virginia.edu/indigenous-ecologies-symposium