Endangered Communities? The Politics of Indigenous Peoples in Siberia
Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer, Research Professor, Georgetown University and Editor, Anthropology and Archeology of Eurasia, examines diverse levels of indigenous politics, ranging from cases of community devastation and assimilation to impressive cultural and social revitalization, as well as the role of international organizations in defending indigenous rights.
In 2012, the Russian federal government suspended the main umbrella organization that defends the rights of indigenous peoples, RAIPON, Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and The Far East. In the past decade, the pace of Northern land claims and grabs related to the energy and mining industries has accelerated. Is there a correlation? This talk, based on long-term anthropological fieldwork, examines diverse levels of indigenous politics, ranging from cases of community devastation and assimilation to impressive cultural and social revitalization. The role of international organizations in defending indigenous rights is also analyzed.
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Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer
Research Professor, CERES and the Department of Anthropology, Georgetown University; Editor, Anthropology and Archeology of Eurasia
The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the surrounding region though research and exchange. Read more
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