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The panel invites geographers and anthropologists to explore the theoretical and methodological challenges of understanding indigenous territorialities within the academy and beyond; hoping to find decolonial alternatives to unveil the nuances of such relationships.
Indigeneity has been constructed both as a category for political action and as a form of academic enquiry, and the recognition of non-western ontologies and epistemologies has facilitated collaborations between these two spheres. Indigenous territoriality, for example, is one of the areas that benefits the most from the insight of anthropologists and geographers, mostly so when approached from a decolonial research framework. While westernized imaginaries of indigenous people still depict them as the archetypal carers of untouched ecosystems where they live in isolation, researchers can unpack and expose the multiple dimensions and struggles indigenous people must navigate to understand, strengthen and, ultimately, publicize their relationship with the lands they inhabit. Knowing the limitations of the traditional cartographic representations of space with regards to their social, cultural and political dimensions, this panel invites us to engage with the affects, agencies and semiotics that shape indigenous territorialities. In doing so, we hope to explore how alternative theories and methods can help us to better understand indigenous territorialities in ways that are more useful to indigenous people in their political action and more meaningful to us as academics.