22 Sep 2022 - 23 Sep 2022 all day S1 and S2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge



  • Nishant Gokhale
  • Joesph Powell
  • Claire Watt


  • Øyvind Ravna, Professor of Law, UiT, The Arctic University of Norway
  • Colin Samson, Professor of Sociology, University of Essex
  • David Stirrup, Professor of American Literature & Indigenous Studies, University of Kent


This conference seeks to bring together speakers — both Indigenous and non-Indigenous— across various sectors such as academia, media, activism and community leadership. This two day conference will provide a platform to bring together emerging Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars and give attendees an opportunity to share their research whilst interacting with senior academics, activists and community leaders all through a critical engagement with the field of Indigenous Studies.

The conference seeks to delineate the field of Indigenous studies, its current manifestations and what issues and forms it may take in the years to come. In particular, we seek to interrogate what this discipline means in the context of the United Kingdom and Europe’s deep and complex relationship with Indigenous peoples in many parts of the world. This interdisciplinary conference intends to have an impact on the fields of literature, history, heritage studies, legal studies, divinity and beyond. Through the ISDG’s unique breadth of experience and inter-disciplinary specialisms, it is our intention that the emerging research which forms and coheres through this conference will expand both the field of Indigenous studies and indeed inform public policy by being brought to as wide an audience as possible.


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All times are in BST

22 September 2022

9.00 - 9.30


9.30 - 10.30

Keynote 1 (S1)

‘Protection of Sámi culture in Norway pursuant to Article 27 ICCPR – with focus on case law’
Øyvind Ravna (UiT, The Arctic University of Norway)



10.30 - 11.00


11.00 - 12.15

Session 1  I  S1  I  Online presentations
Nothing about us without us: indigenous knowledge and futures

Dremedreman Curimudjuq (National Chen-Kung University; Tjuvecekadan chief family member)

Paninnguaq Lind Jense (Greenlandic Inuk Artist, Filmmaker, Writer; Tuuniit (traditional tattoo) practitioner)

Juliana Mashati (Loita Maasai Chairwoman of Maasai Treasures, Kenya)

Chair: Leanne Daly (University of Cambridge)

11.00 - 12.15

Session 2  I  S2  I  Hybrid presentations
Heritage and digital humanities

Sofia Singler (University of Cambridge)
‘Contradictory contemporaneity: the Sámi public building)

Debashree Dattaray (Jadavpur University)
‘Archiving “community’s voices” and digital apprehensions: a case study from India’

Chair: Oliver Antczak (University of Cambridge)

12.15 - 13.15


13.15 - 14.15

Special Panel   I  S1  I  Online presentations

Indigenous peoples in Empire: Tony Perry (Chickasaw Nation) in Conversation with Nishant Gokhale (University of Cambridge)


14.15 - 15.30

Session 3  I  S1  I  Hybrid presentations
Towards anti-colonial ways of knowing: indigenous studies and disciplinary resistance

Javaria Abbasi (University of Oxford)

Hannah Cusworth (University of Cambridge)

Madeleine Foote (University of Oxford)

Chair: Emma Gattey (University of Cambridge)

14.15 - 15.30

Session 4  I  S2  I  Hybrid presentations
Indigenous studies as a field

Chiara Ministrelli (London College of Communication) with inputs from Patrick Mau, Australia
‘Virtual reconnections: indigenous objects speak back’

Luka Amber Leleiga Anapu-Bunnin (Social Anthropology, Oxford)
‘“Exceeds normal conventions and should be reconsidered”: a Pacific indigenous studies analysis of colonial epistemic injustice in academia’

Sonita Sarker (WGSS)
‘Necessary but not sufficient: a long view of indigenous studies’

Chair: Reetika Revathi Subramanian

15.30 - 16.00


16.00 - 17.00

Keynote 2  I  S1

‘Enclosures and imperial rights: reflections on the privatisation of collective indigenous lands from the Fens to Northern Labrador’
Colin Samson (University of Essex) with response from Jimmy Beason (Haskell Indian Nations University)



23 September

9.00 - 9.30


9.30 - 10.45

Session 5  I  S1  I  Hybrid presentations

Ilona Kater (Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge)
‘“I want to work with indigenous communities”- reflecting on how we educate researchers’

Emma Gattey (Faculty of History, University of Cambridge)
‘Decolonising, feminist methodologies for the non-indigenous scholar’

Martja Ostajewska (University of Warsaw)
‘Horizontal dialogue across indigenous cultures, minority languages and art: performance as research methodology’

Chair: Tanja Hoffman (University of Cambridge)

9.30 - 10.45

Session 6  I  S2  I  In person presentations
The politics and boundaries of indigeneity

Aynur Unal (Arden University)
‘The concept of indigeneity within the discourse about Kurdishness:  self-determination claim and Kurdish political movement in Turkey’

Huda Ahmed (Manchester Institute of Education)
‘The experiences of British Yemeni young people in the context of the conduct of everyday life’

Chair: Christos Nikoloau (University of Cambridge)

10.45 - 11.15


11.15 - 12.15

Keynote 3  I  S1

‘Re-routing’ academic praxis: decolonial approaches and indigenous studies in Europe’
Chiara Ministrelli (London College of Communication) with response from David Stirrup (University of Kent)





12.15 - 13.15


13.15 - 14.30

Session 7   I  S1  I  Online presentations
Indigenous psychadelics

Michelle Braunstein (Southern Cross University, Gnibi College of Australian Indigenous Peoples)

Keith Williams  (First Nations Technical Institute)

Osiris Sinuhé González Romero (Department of History, University of Saskatchewan)

Suzanne Brant (First Nations Technical Institute)

Chair: Debashree Dattaray (Jadavpur University)

13.15 - 14.30

Session 8  I  S2  I  Hybrid presentations
Land & ecology

Ananya Mishra (QMUL)
‘Writing about indigenous land ethics and ‘reciprocity’ from the U.K.’

Jacqueline Brown (University of Oxford)
‘All times and realities’: ecological time and the indigenous Australian novel forms of Alexis Wright’s carpentaria (2006) and The Swan Book (2013)’

Ramze Endut (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
‘Deforestation as a cultural trauma: the case for the Penan community in Malaysia’

Chair: Louis Klee (University of Cambridge)

14.30 - 15.00


15.00 - 16.15

Session 9  I  S1  I  Hybrid presentations
Cultural & media studies

Bendetta Panisson (Durham University)
‘The sexuality of the uncontacted on a video tape.’

Daniel Ibrahim Abdalla (University of Liverpool)
‘Indigeneity and the new modernist studies’

Chair: Ananya Mishra (University of Cambridge)

15.00 - 16.15

Session 10  I  S2  I  Hybrid presentations
Indigenous Knowledges

Yeidy Rosa (Durham University)
‘‘Rearticulating indigenous histories of art and the book: lessons from Guaman Poma’

Elizabeth Walsh (University of Cambridge)
‘Indigenous environmental knowledges and extractive economies’

Raquel Ajates (National Distance Education University, Spain)
‘The challenge of digital sequence information on the preservation of indigenous knowledge of seeds’

Chair: Jared Holley (University of Cambridge)

16.15 - 17.45

Keynote 4 and concluding roundtable (S1)

Chris Andersen and David Stirrup in conversation: indigenous studies and the UK
David Stirrup (University of Kent) and Chris Andersen (Dean of the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta)





Call for papers

The Indigenous Studies Discussion Group Research Network (ISDG) at the University of Cambridge is excited to announce a two-day hybrid conference which aims to further interdisciplinary discussions under the broadly conceived heading ‘Indigenous Studies in the United Kingdom & Europe: Pasts, Presents and Futures’. The conference will take place from 22-23 September 2022.

In seeking to broaden the debate and de-centralise knowledge sharing as much as possible, we are opening calls for conference panels from individuals and groups. Panels will comprise three papers followed by an invited speaker who may either tie the papers together or offer comment on them under a central theme.

The 2022 Conference

This conference builds on the work of the ISDG over the past three years and promises to be an opportunity for interaction between people with diverse engagements with Indigenous studies. We welcome a broad range of topics and ask contributors to focus on the Indigenous Studies aspect of their research, interrogating their methodological and theoretical underpinnings.

We are extending the call for panels for a further two weeks while also opening a broad call for papers. Please submit an abstract of 250 words for your panel or paper proposals. For panel proposals please identify a theme and provide an explanation as to its significance within the field. Selected convenors will be invited to assemble a panel of three 15-20 minute oral presentations followed by questions from teh audience. Paper submissions will receive answers by early August 2022.

We would request you to write to us by 11:59 pm on 11th July at ISDG@CRASSH.cam.ac.uk

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