[act-ma] Friday 4/20: Symposium on Indigenous movements at Tufts

Ester Serra kore_luke at yahoo.es
Tue Apr 17 17:01:10 PDT 2007

Friday, April 20, 2007
9am - 7:30pm 

Tufts University
Cabot Center (Fletcher School), 7th Floor
160 Packard Ave. 02155

Directions: http://fletcher.tufts.edu/directions/Default.asp

The following message is sent on behalf of the organizers of the
 Symposium on Indigenous Movements at Tufts:
 Tufts University will host a landmark symposium on April 20, 2007, 
 bringing together scholars and activists from the Andes, Canada, 
 Mesoamerica, Hawai'i, and the U.S. mainland to examine indigenous 
 movements and intellectuals throughout the Americas.
 This symposium will explore political, social, and cultural activism in 
 native communities throughout the hemisphere, as well as the emerging 
 participation of indigenous groups and individuals at national and 
 state levels of government. It will examine anthropological 
 constructions of indigeneity as well as the role of indigenous 
 political movements such as the Zapatistas in Mexico, and individual 
 actors such as Evo Morales, the first indigenous president of Bolivia. 
 It will also explore new forms of mobilization in the struggle for 
 indigenous rights and recognition, including new initiatives in 
 education, and the revival of indigenous languages and cultures.   The 
 conference will also highlight the increased participation of 
 indigenous peoples in more mainstream forms of media and the arts.
 This event is particularly significant as it brings together academics 
 and activists who will discuss the crucial impact that indigenous 
 peoples are having on the reshaping of contemporary and conventional 
 forms of politics and intellectual production. The conference will also 
 be unique in creating a dialogue between activists and intellectuals 
 from throughout the Americas, both North and South.
 Participants include Ramona Peters, spiritual leader of the recently 
 recognized Mashpee Wampanoag of Massachusetts; Terence Turner, 
 professor emeritus at Cornell University; Luis Millones, professor at 
 the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Peru; Victor Montejo, 
 Maya scholar and anthropologist at the University of California at 
 Davis, and elected member of the Guatemalan congress; Faye Ginsburg, 
 David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology at NYU; and Stefano Varese, 
 Chair of the Native American Studies Department, and Director of the 
 Indigenous Research Center of the Americas, at the University of 
 California at Davis.
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