Category: Call for Papers
Subject: Call fo paper - Indigenous Politics in Comparative Perspective ECPR Montreal 2015
Call for papers: Indigenous politics in comparative perspective – section for the 2015 ECPR general conference, Montreal, August 2015.
Section Chair Martin Papillon, Université de Montréal and Jo Saglie, Institute for Social Research, Oslo
Deadline for submitting paper: February 16, 2015.
Indigenous politics is quickly becoming an important research topic in political science around the world. Legal and political developments in the international arena, notably the adoption of the United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as ongoing Indigenous mobilizations in the Americas, in Europe and elsewhere have forced political scientists to pay attention and catch up with other disciplines more familiar with Indigenous realities. Though there are great distances in both culture and geography between the peoples who define themselves as indigenous, the situation and historical experience of these groups are similar in many respects, from political autonomy to the legacy and ongoing consequences of colonialism and natural resource guardianship.
The objective of the series of panels is to provide a more systematic comparative outlook on Indigenous politics across continents. What can we learn from developments around the world regarding Indigenous mobilizations or Court’s interpretation of Indigenous rights, for example? Are there key areas of convergence and divergence in Indigenous politics and Indigenous law? Is there a coherent set of issues, concepts and theoretical debates that unite the field? Is there a possible dialogue between approaches generally associated with Indigenous studies and mainstream political science?
The section is organized along six thematic panels. We welcome proposals that address these themes from a comparative and/or interdisciplinary perspective or through case study, as well as any other aspects of Indigenous politics relevant to our objectives:
1-Theories and methods in the study of indigenous politics: What are the key theoretical challenges in the field and how can we facilitate conceptual bridge building across mainstream and critical, or postcolonial, perspectives? Are we making headways in decolonizing our methods? This panel seeks to address theoretical and methodological developments at the intersection of indigenous studies and political science.
2-Reconciliation and intercultural dialogue, from theory to practice: Reconciliation has emerged as a key political concept of indigenous politics and policy. What do we mean by reconciliation, how is it defined, what are its limits?What kind of institutional mechanisms or practices can foster reconciliation and intercultural dialogue? What can we learn from past and present reconciliation processes, for example truth commissions?
3-The politics of indigenous representation and participation in mainstream institutions: What can we learn from a comparison of different models of indigenous representation in mainstream democratic institutions? What are the patterns, conditions and challenges to Indigenous participation in political parties and electoral politics at the national and/or local levels?
4-Comparative developments in indigenous rights and the role of the judiciary: To what extent and in what ways have Indigenous peoples used litigation in various countries? What has been the response of national judicial institutions to indigenous claims? How can we explain variations in interpretation of indigenous rights? Are there significant cross-fertilization in legal interpretation? What is the influence of international norms or international precedents on national indigenous rights regimes?
5-Indigenous activism: from grassroots resurgence to political parties and organizations: What are the main characteristics, strategies, philosophies of indigenous social movements? In the Canadian context, the Idle no more movement challenged many assumptions about limited grassroots activism in indigenous communities. What about similar mobilizations elsewhere? How do these movements connect, interact with more formal indigenous organizations and/or political parties?
6-Implementing Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC): the politics of consultation and participation in resources development: The emergence of the international norm of FPIC has considerably transformed indigenous expectations about their role in resources development as well as the rules of the game for project proponents and governments. What mechanisms have emerged to address indigenous demands for greater say in resources management? What are the limits of these mechanisms? What is the role of private sector actors in this emerging regime of indigenous participation in the political economy of natural resources?
For more information or to submit a proposal:
Potential participants can submit individual paper proposals at the ECPR website. The Section Chairs can then allocate papers to panels after the deadline. It is also possible to propose a complete panel with papers at the ECPR website, within the same deadline.