With this fellowship students will acquire tools and skills for designing dissertation projects that are methodologically sophisticated, ethically engaged, and politically attuned to Indigenous challenges to colonial legacies and enduring inequalities.
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DPDF Student Fellowship Competition > DPDF Competition 2011 This DPDF research field on Global Indigenous Politics invites work that contributes to the examination of challenges faced by Indigenous Peoples through critical consideration of relationships between Indigenous Peoples and conventional models of politics and scholarship. Several ideas unite this field. First, indigeneity is not associated with primitive, romantic, or pre-modern rural worlds; Indigenous Peoples are as modern (or post-modern) as anyone else. Second, Indigenous politics is and has always been multi-scalar, articulating the local and global. Third, Indigenous Peoples are not passive objects of research, but active agents in the making, understanding, and decolonizing of the world. Finally, the stakes of Indigenous politics are high, involving issues like resources and territory, gender and racial politics, and state and Native regimes of law, rights, and sovereignty.
These themes raise questions about the epistemologies and practices of both Indigenous politics and academic work. How do Native forms of knowledge production provide alternative strategies for narrating histories, organizing struggle, and theorizing politics? How do Indigenous Peoples organize and represent themselves in debates over citizenship, resources, and participation? How have national and international regimes of recognition affected struggles for equality, inclusion, and self-determination? How do tensions within Indigenous movements shape these dynamics? Why have these struggles yielded a variety of outcomes?