“Global History of Indigenous Thought Conference” (Yale Group for the Study of Native America)

Event time: 
Friday, April 5, 2024 - 8:30am
Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 9:15am
LUCE Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave See map
Event description: 
Global History of Indigenous Thought is a multi-day gathering that seeks to explore the myriad ways that Native American and Indigenous peoples have confronted intellectual and scholarly formations and how such actions have shaped broader social environments, disciplinary discourses, and political movements.  
Held on the hundredth anniversary of the Indian Citizenship Act (1924) and within an interdisciplinary and transnational context, the conference brings scholars, artists, and knowledge keepers together to illuminate the centrality of Indigenous peoples in the making of modernity. In doing so, we will work toward three objectives. First, building upon a previous YGSNA conference in 2011 entitled “Indigenous Visions,” we hope to establish a more global foundation for the field of Indigenous intellectual history—such work counters prevalent assertions that continue to ignore or marginalize the field and limit its development. Second, we aim to celebrate the often hidden or silenced poetics, aesthetics, politics, and ethics of Indigenous peoples, using a series of artistic and museum venues as sites of engagement. Last, and inspired by transnational movements for Indigenous sovereignty, we seek to connect varied traditions of Indigenous legal and political advocacy, doing so in partnership with the NYU-Yale American Indian Sovereignty Project, which has crafted various legal briefs on behalf of American Indian nations and their citizens. 
As recent national referendum, court rulings, UN initiatives, and activism have shown, a global and Indigenous reckoning is unfolding. A central purpose for our gathering is to consider how scholarly and intellectual work can best shape, inform, and continue such developments.
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Free but register in advance
Open to: 
General Public