Facing the Limits of Decoloniality from a Southeast Asian Peri-urban Forest
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
"Facing the Limits of Decoloniality from a Southeast Asian Peri-urban Forest"
Juno Salazar Parreñas
Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University
What does indigeneity mean in a place with longstanding histories of migration, in which claims to indigeneity are overdetermined by the politics of exclusion? What are the politics of “indigenous knowledge” if the category of indigeneity resonates with ethno-nationalism? This talk argues that recent scholarly efforts to center decoloniality and indigenous knowledges risk romanticization when universalized. The conclusions here are drawn from ethnographic field research conducted in Sarawak, East Malaysia, with Malay and Iban orangutan-handlers and orangutans between 2010-2016.
Discussant: Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley
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