Ariell Ahearn-Ligham

Grant Type

Workshop Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Oxford, U. of

Grant number

Gr. CONF-884

Approve Date

March 23, 2022

Project Title

Ahearn-Ligham, Ariell (Oxford, U. of) "The Dana Declaration 20 years on: making space for the voices of indigenous mobile peoples within Anthropology"

The Dana Declaration 20 years on: making space for the voices of indigenous Mobile Peoples within Anthropology’ (Dana+20) aims to accomplish four related goals: 1) advance collaborative approaches to decolonial research practices; 2) critically reflect on lessons learned from 20 years of Dana advocacy; 3) identify areas for continued research and advocacy; and 4) outline steps to improve government and inter-agency relations with mobile populations.
The workshop will create an intensive collaborative space to interrogate decolonial approches in anthropology through the development of the Dana+20 statement. This process will occur in tandem with discussions on the themes of common property rights, sedentist bias, mobility, and knowledge production, the outcome of which will be a series of articles forming a special journal issue focused on the future of decolonial research practice within anthropology framed in the context of non-sedentary societies. Crucially, these articles will be authored or co-authored by the Indigenous delegates present at the workshop. The workshop organisers will encourage and support delegates to write autoethnographic articles.
Building on the Dana Declaration on Mobile Peoples and Conservation (2002& 2012), Dana+20 aims to influence international policy on Indigenous mobile peoples, setting the development agenda for the next 10 years. As a laboratory for decolonial practice, the workshop will advance anthropological theory on engagement and collaboration with Indigenous mobile people.