CFP: Anthropological Perspectives on Collective Land Titling as Conservation: Opportunities and Challenges

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Call for Papers
July 2, 2021
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Environmental History / Studies, Geography, Indigenous Studies, Sociology

CFP: Anthropological Perspectives on Collective Land Titling as Conservation: Opportunities and Challenges
Anthropology and Conservation Conference (online) 25-29 Oct 2021, RAI
Call closing 2 July 2021. Organized by Cari Tusing and Esther Leemann

Collective land title promises to preserve indigenous lands and livelihoods, often in line with green conservationists. However, titling
may ensure large territories or fragmented communities. What perspectives can anthropology provide on collective land titling as a conservation strategy?

With the emergence of participatory approaches in conservation, green and indigenous rights movements often joined as allies in the struggle to defend indigenous forested lands and livelihoods. Indeed, intact forests are deforested significantly less when they are held by indigenous people (Fa et al. 2020). Collective land title is a conservation strategy that promises to safeguard indigenous autonomy, forested lands, and livelihoods by granting legal title to indigenous groups. However, as Garnet et al. (2018) argue, indigenous people may have aspirations for their land that do not always follow conservation goals. Furthermore, collective land titling may title extensive territories or only apply to small, fragmented communities. This leads to a diversity of opportunities and challenges.

This panel looks at the nexus between collective land titling, autonomy and conservation. How are indigenous choices about their livelihoods facilitated or circumscribed by their land title? What happens when the titled territory has specific conservationist management plans? What happens when titled territories are small and fragmented, or when they are extensive? What kind of tensions appear between indigenous autonomy, preservation of livelihoods and conservationists goals? Why might indigenous peoples decide to use the titled land for purposes like plantations or cattle not envisioned by conservationists? We are interested in contributions that examine what kind of land use and land use change can be observed on the ground as indigenous groups seek and win collective land title. We invite reflections on the role of anthropology on issues of conservation, indigenous ways of life and title.

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Dr. Cari Tusing, Catholic Temuco University (panel co-organizer)

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