HEMISPHERIC INDIGENEITY IN GLOBAL TERMS
The objective of the Hemispheric Indigeneity in Global Terms project is to bring together Native and Indigenous voices and to establish a dialogue with faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, in a comparative/contextual and multidisciplinary way. In doing so, this project will not only increase the understanding of the complexities Native and Indigenous communities face in contemporary times, but also will reflect on the relevance of alternative ways
to be in the world today. Ongoing research by Duke faculty across disciplines explores several aspects of the history and challenges facing Native and Indigenous communities in the hemisphere.
The long histories of such communities has given rise to projects aiming to write their experience from different perspectives, and explore the meaning of being Native/ Indigenous today. This novel approach, beyond exoticized and positivistic views, towards those communities imparting different, sometimes opposite, experiences to Western and Anglo ones will be shared via a series of closed and public encounters, workshops, courses, and cultural displays including Indigenous communities and their Diasporas in Latin America and the Caribbean, Canada, and the U.S. in a regional comparative and multidisciplinary framework where scholarly voices will be in dialog with Native/Indigenous ones on the issues mentioned above. We shall bring this
comparative global framework to bear on a series of campus-wide initiatives. Our hope is to overcome the scholarly and organizational disjuncture – rooted in the university structure – between area studies and the specificity of scholarly work at Duke.