In recent years claims to autochthony, or original inhabitation, have taken on greater significance in academia and in a range of political situations. While these initiatives often contest exclusionary structures, there is a need for renewed attention to the construction of value relations — in a broad sense — that often underpin the politics of autochthony or indigeneity, both at the global scale and across different national and regional contexts. Such analysis could examine mechanisms of land-use regulation, performances of authenticity involved in customary land tenure claims, resource extraction rents, 'affirmative action' employment quotas, targeted development programs, and legacies of various types of labour and trade migration. This series engages not just moral, cultural, or tactical aspects of autochthony claims but also various economic dimensions of claim-making frameworks, in relation to (post)colonial histories, (inter)national markets, and changing environmental realities.
The colloquium 2020/21 is organised by Dr. Jacob Nerenberg.