Many interpretations of the term “postcolonial” neglect the fact that, before the arrival of Europeans, there were pre-existent traditions/cultures in former colonies such as Canada, Australia and South-Africa. In many cases, the word postcolonial thus primarily serves to reinforce the legacy of colonization. As an alternative, Native Canadian novelist Thomas King proposes a non-centred method to include locally identified and marginal voices by presenting new descriptors that avoid privileging one culture over another. Offering terms such as “tribal”, “interfusional”, “polemical” and “associational” (1990, 186) to describe the range of indigenous writing, King identifies “vantage points from which we can see a particular literary landscape” (1990, 186).
In this session, new vantage points are explored to study not only literary but also cultural, anthropological, geographical, social and other landscapes in which Indigenous communities are living today. Land and/or territory are not only crucial for the survival of Indigenous peoples, but they also have a symbolic meaning for many communities that do not live on their ancestral land. In order to discuss the emotional effects of recent developments such as migration and urbanisation of Indigenous peoples, it is essential to reflect on representations of space and on the relationship between identity and physical and social environment.
In this interdisciplinary session we welcome papers that discuss spatial knowledge of Indigenous communities and their culturally distinct understanding of landscape through the concept of participatory mapping, that identify and explore Indigenous heritage places, that examine geopolitical issues and Indigenous governance, that focus on land boundaries and border crossings from a wide range of perspectives and within a variety of domains such as Arctic studies, anthropology, cultural and social geography, literary and minority studies.
Conférence d'un membre associé: Cátedra de Estudios sobre Canadá (CES), Universidad de La Habana
Conférence d'un membre associé: Association coréenne d'études canadiennes
Conférence d'un membre associé: Association vénézuélienne d'études canadiennes