Final week for AAA 2017 CFP - Anthropology matters to Indigenous sovereignty, AND,

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Call for Papers
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Indigenous Studies, Native American History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies

CFP: AAA 2017 “Anthropology Matters!” Washington, DC

Discussant - Dr. Darren Ranco, University of Maine

Panel session – 
Anthropology matters to Indigenous sovereignty, AND, Indigenous sovereignty matters to anthropology

Engaging anthropology in matters of Indigenous sovereignty means that anthropological research must reflect Indigenous priorities – the cultural and physical revitalization of Indigenous lifeways and identity (Smith 2012).  Indigenous Peoples’ lifeways and identities are inextricably tied to place, environments that today, are simultaneously sources of harm and sources of wellbeing (LaDuke 1999).  Relations with land, water, forests, and other-than-human species emphasize how injustice is manifested through a people’s identity.  Hence these relationships (and the polices that affect them) are amongst the highest priorities in revitalizing Indigenous sovereignty.

This panel brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous anthropologists from a variety of sub-disciplines to engage in a timely discussion on matters between anthropology and Indigenous sovereignty.  Papers that consider spaces of environmental and social justice are welcome to explore the ways that anthropology matters to Indigenous sovereignty, AND, the ways that Indigenous sovereignty matters to anthropology.  Panelists from several anthropology viewpoints – environment, culture, Indigenous, policy, legal, disaster, & others – focused in any of the following topical areas are encouraged to reflect on these matters:

  • Indigenous sovereignty and anthropology intersections in practice 
    (e.g. decolonization, revitalization, resistance, activism, advocating, and others)
  • Policy, management, and/or mitigation 
    (social, environment, natural resources, risk, disaster, health care - broadly construed, development, agriculture, economic, education, extractive industries, and preservation)
  • Human and non-human rights, relations, and/or identity
  • National (including Indigenous), binational, and/or international law 
    (legislation, regulations, treaties, agreements, conventions, declarations, and others)
  • Intersecting research methodologies 
    (Indigenous, anthropological/ethnographic, oral history, survey, community-based, university-community, natural sciences, and others)

A more descriptive panel abstract will be constructed – if needed – following abstract contributions by panelists.

If you have any questions or would like to be considered for this panel, please send a 250 word abstract and title, along with your name/title/affiliation, to <> by March 27.

Valoree S. Gagnon, PhD

Research Fellow

Department of Social Sciences

Michigan Technological University


LaDuke, W 1999, All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life. Cambridge, MA, USA: South End Press.

Smith, LT 2012, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, Second Edition. Zed Publishers.