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Decolonizing Environmental Knowledge and Action: Sustainable Development, Human Rights, and Indigenous Alternatives 
Reetta Toivanen (University of Helsinki)
Vladislava Vladimirova (Uppsala University)
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Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 02/011
Thursday 28 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This session invites presentations that evaluate the role and implementation of SDGs in the context of Indigenous peoples. We discuss what impact anthropology has in the analysis of environmental knowledge production and its political and economic implications, especially for Indigenous communities.

Long Abstract:

Anthropologists have contributed to the research on climate change and sustainable development through in-depth analysis of local experience and emic conceptions, and knowledge of nature. In the last decade, anthropology has been at the front line pushing for knowledge co-production with Indigenous and local stakeholders. Research has engaged with power over the environment, resources and Indigenous people’s knowledges: But, have anthropologists problematized enough the power of environmental knowledge production itself?

As the world experiences growing effects of climate change, there is a need for further ethnographic research examining its future transformational impact on numerous areas of public law and policy, and economy. Ethnography addressing the effects of climate change through measures ensuring sustainability and protecting human rights is especially vital. But in some instances, implementing SDGs conflicts with social justice principles. Actions addressing the effects of climate change do not always coordinate well with Indigenous rights. Indigenous residents are neglected in decision making regarding the UN Agenda for 2030 and Sustainability Development Goals implementation. Anthropologists whose research promotes the co-production of knowledge and community-based management of the environment have marginal positions in interdisciplinary research programs, and in political and economic decision-making.

We welcome papers that critically examine the effects of SDG implementation on Indigenous peoples and minorities. Second, we would like to explore the possibilities for anthropology to take a more prominent position in the critical analysis of environmental knowledge production and its political and economic implications, especially for local and Indigenous communities.

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Session 1 Thursday 28 July, 2022, -