Sovereignty and Autonomy in the Western Hemisphere: National and Regional Struggles for Power, Identity and Space– Spring 2012


Steering Committee

Frederick Hoxie (History), CAS Professor and Resident Associate
Nils Jacobsen (History), CAS Resident Associate
Andrew Orta (Anthropology, CLACS)
Robert Warrior (American Indian Studies Program)

Sovereignty and Autonomy in the Western Hemisphere: Sovereignty in Practice

For the last 500 years, the peoples of the Western Hemisphere have shared a common story. Disconnected from regular contact with Europe, Africa and Asia prior to 1492, this vast macro-region has been shaped by distinctive legacies produced by its global entanglements. Sovereignty and Autonomy in the Western Hemisphere, is a two-year initiative aimed at exploring this broad topic that has played an important role in this vast region throughout its history.

This semester the focus will be on Sovereignty in Practice and will explore how indigenous sovereignty functions on the ground affecting Native and non-Native people across the hemisphere.  In particular we will examine how Native initiatives and Native activists have resisted, altered–or even replaced–colonial rule and preserved enclaves of autonomy.  Among the specific issues we will address are indigenous interactions with genomic science, the possibilites for autonomous indigenous governance, and community control of natural resources.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monica Sans
National Identity, Census Data and Genetics in Uruguay
4:00pm
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Jessica Bardill, Ripan Singh Malhi, Monica Sans
Collaboration and Reclamation through Genomics in Uruguay, Canada and Puerto Rico
3:30pm
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Thomas Swensen, Lourdes Gutiérrez Nájera, Frederick E. Hoxie, Andrew Orta
Making Sovereignty and Autonomy Real: An Introduction to Indigenous Control over Resources Roundtable discussion
3:00pm
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Matthew Gilbert, Korinta Maldonado Goti, Justin Richland
Tribal Juris-diction: Sovereign Commitments and Contradictions in the Everyday Discourse of Native Nation Governance
3:00 pm
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Jolene Rickard, Jane Mt. Pleasant, Stephen Brush, Elizabeth Fitting, Scott Manning Stevens
Corn and Indigenous Communities in the Americas
9:30am - 4:30pm
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui
The Ch’ixi Gaze: Sociology of the Image as a Decolonizing Practice
4:00 pm
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