The Indigenous Siberia Working and Research Group
The Indigenous Siberia Working and Research Group brings together faculty, staff and members of the college community to foster the building of knowledge about Russia's indigenous peoples in Siberia. The aims of the group are to study the history of Siberia's indigenous groups, including Russia's colonization of Siberia (both the Russian and the Western scholarly narratives). The group will also examine the current state of affairs of indigenous Siberia, examining the political rights for self-determination and self-governance, indigenous rights over territories and natural resources. The group also examines indigenous Siberian cultures, including literature and languages of the various indigenous communities. The group aims to study the application of international standards for indigenous rights as they apply to Russia (including both legislation and case-studies). Ultimately, we aim to contextualize the knowledge about indigenous Siberia through a global framework, providing a comparative analysis with indigenous populations of the Americas, and interactions with international organizations like the United Nations and the Arctic Council. The group will organize 1-2 guided discussions of scholarly readings each quarter, and feature talks by indigenous rights activists.
Please contact Ainsley Morse for additional information about the Indigenous Siberia working and research group.