Who are Indigenous peoples in the modern world? The role of colonial histories and state practice in defining Indigeneity.

Decolonise Keele, Women Of Keele Educate (WOKE) and ILAS are delighted to be hosting Dr Ravi de Costa for a fascinating lecture on Friday 9 November 6.00-7.00pm.

The Salvin Room, Keele Hall

Refreshments available from 5.30pm

The colonization of Indigenous territories brought with it the imposition of arbitrary and racist colonial regimes to define and manage Indigenous peoples. Demographic change, urbanization and migration patterns have added to the complexity, to leave Indigenous communities subject to confusing and inconsistent state practices of definition and entitlement. This presentation reviews the practices of states in all regions of the world to defining Indigenous populations, and describes systems based on “descent”; those based in constructions of “culture”; and systems that provide for some measure of managed Indigenous self-definition or autonomy. The presentation then discusses several issues that arise from this situation, including the impact of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, which includes specific Indigenous rights over identity and self-definition. It also examines recent developments in practices of Indigenous self-definition, as well as debates about “authenticity” and the impact of genetic testing on ideas of Indigeneity.

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Dr Ravi de Costa

The event is FREE and all are welcome to attend.

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