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Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Spaces
Tradition and Change in a Globalising World
The long, uneven retreat of empire in the post-
This international conference explores the connection between Indigenous communities and Indigenous spaces in an age when the very conceptions of space, place, and territory are undergoing rapid change due to globalisation. Is the Indigenous only found in and through place, or can we envision non-
This conference considers tradition and change in the context of the Indigenous spaces in which lives are lived and in which globalisation occurs: local communities and connections across continents, sacred sites and secular spaces, Indigenous villages and Indigenous cities, traditional territories and political spaces within and beyond the state. Through this spatially sensitive approach to indigeneity, we consider topics such as:
• strategies for Indigenous empowerment
• sense of place and space
• visions of Indigenous futures
• relations between Indigenous peoples and state and non-
• maintenance of tradition in times of change
• decolonising methodologies
• language, translation, and rewriting indigeneity
• the role of the sacred in the Information Age.
This conference is a collaboration of:
The Community of Pongso no Tao
National Taiwan Normal University’s Department of Geography & Graduate Institute of Environmental Education
National Sun Yet-
Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland’s Department of Social Sciences
RMIT University’s Global, Urban and Social Studies & Centre for Global Research
Photo by Syaman Rapongan
About Pongso no Tao.
Pongso no Tao (also called Orchid Island or Lanyu) is a small, mountainous island far off Taiwan’s southeast coast. Pongso no Tao has a population of around 4000 and is the homeland of the Tao, an Austronesian people and one of the ‘Aboriginal’ or ‘Indigenous’ tribes of Taiwan. Geographically separate from and peripheral to the main island of Taiwan, the Tao have retained many traditional practices from the precolonial period. Nevertheless, first Taiwanese and now global culture, economics, and politics are changing what it means to be a member of the Tao community and what the island of Pongso no Tao and its surrounding seas mean to the Tao themselves.
About the conference.
On 1 October, delegates will travel from Taipei to Pongso no Tao, returning again on 5 October. On 2-
How to make attend and make a presentation.
The early deadline for abstracts has now passed, but late abstracts will still be considered. To propose a presentation, please fill out this presentation proposal form, and e-
If you have any questions, please e-
Adam Grydehøj • Syaman Rapongan
Syaman Lamuran • Tibusungu Vayayana