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Belonging in a time of uncertainty: issues and perspectives - Panel [Place wisdom] 
Pauliina Latvala-Harvilahti (University of Turku)
Victoria Walters (Bath Spa University)
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Ullrich Kockel (University of the Highlands and Islands)
Thursday 8 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

Uncertainty can breed fear, leading people to take reactionary positions around identity. We invite papers considering whether environmental uncertainty might open up more progressive, fluid notions of belonging, contesting conventional notions of indigeneity. Creative approaches are welcome.

Long Abstract:

This panel continues to explore key issues around, and perspectives on indigeneity in Europe initiated at a Place Wisdom WG Workshop in Perth in August 2022, with a shift in focus towards the impact of uncertainty on such debates. Uncertainty can breed fear, leading people to take reactionary positions around identity, as can be seen in the rise of populism. This is an important moment to consider whether, conversely, uncertainty can be the driver of more progressive positions around belonging in place. Mindful of ongoing debates about indigeneity and the controversial use of the term in the Global North, we invite papers that consider whether environmental uncertainty might open up more fluid notions of belonging. Does the English term ‘Indigenous’, by its very nature, even with a capital 'I', convey a limited notion of belonging and speak of colonial notions of ‘the native’ inappropriate to people’s contemporary experience of being from a place? What alternative term(s), perhaps from other language traditions and/or created ‘from scratch’, might be proposed for the experience of being from a place to assist both people and other species in seeking equable, diverse and sustainable futures? How might “environmentally-inspired ‘conversations’” with place (Pitcher, 2016) support this process? The panel particularly welcomes papers that consider what creative approaches and methods might bring to the discussion, whether in terms of work undertaken by professional artists alone or with communities, or initiated within and led by local communities as creative agents.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -