Indigenous Resurgence in Social Movement Theory and Practice
Language: Spanish, French and English
Indigenous resurgence and decolonial resistance have been on the rise in recent decades. In North America, Indigenous organizing (on- and offline) against resource extraction and for environmental justice, including Idle No More and the No DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) campaign, has garnered unprecedented public attention. In Canada, Indigenous women’s efforts to raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit individuals have led to a national public inquiry. Moreover, these local and regional social movements have found global purchase and must be understand as part of a global Indigenous movement to secure Indigenous peoples’ collective rights, best reflected in the passage of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Exceeding the logic of conventional social movement theory, decolonial Indigenous activism in settler colonial contexts raises broader questions about modalities and temporalities of social movements—providing alternative conceptualizations of not only solidarity and coalition building, but also of governance and political formations.
This panel invites papers in English, French or Spanish that take up the phenomenon of Indigenous resistance and related matters (and any combination thereof). We ask what difference a deeper understanding of Indigenous anti-colonial and decolonial activisms would make for social movement studies and praxis. What counterhegemonic historicities, temporalities, geographies and epistemologies/ontologies emerge? How could non-Indigenous actors, whether individually or collectively, better interface with such movements? We welcome comparative papers that consider settings beyond the North American settler colonial context, particularly ones that engage with Indigenous or tribal movements in the Global South.