GS10 Indigenous Politics

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Session Chairs
Dr. Morgan Brigg

This session is jointly chaired by local Indigenous elder Dr Mary Graham, (Kombumerri). Indigenous peoples have constituted and practised political orders long before the emergence of Greek or European civilisations that are usually taken as the starting points for prevailing approaches to reflections upon politics. And although colonialism has inflicted incredible damage upon Indigenous societies, Indigenous peoples have in recent decades re-gathered and remobilised in local, national and international fora, including through United Nations processes connected with the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Scholarship, too, is on the move, with Indigenous politics a burgeoning and challenging topic in political science and cognate disciplines. As interest in questions of Indigenous politics grows, both novel and enduring themes require attention. Questions range from how Indigenous understandings of politics and knowledge extend upon or challenge extant political science to the challenges of policy development and service delivery. We suggest the following thematic panels, but remain open to others according to interests of prospective participants:

  • Knowledge and theory: the politics of knowledge production; decolonising the discipline; Indigenous political philosophy and political theory.
  • Land and resource extraction: dispossession and reclaiming; land rights; politics of mining.
  • Reconciliation and dialogue: politics of recognition; facing colonial legacies; negotiating conflict across difference.
  • Indigenous Transnationalism: International rights frameworks and conventions; international Indigenous collaborations.
  • Climate and environment: Indigenous relations to land; the ‘anthropocene’; climate change.
  • Economic development: Relations with capital; Indigenous middle class; Indigenous enterprise.
  • Constitutions and legal systems: Constitutional recognition/reform; Indigenous justice, courts, and conflict management.
  • Policy and service delivery: Entanglements with dominant orders; Indigenous organisations governance; service delivery modalities and innovations.