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Land Back

Call for Papers

Theme: Land Back
Subtitle: Indigenous Landscapes of Resurgence and Freedom
Type: 2021 Symposium
Institution: Dumbarton Oaks
Location: Washington, DC (USA)
Date: 30.4.–1.5.2021
Deadline: 1.8.2020

Relations to land are a fundamental component of Indigenous
worldviews, politics, and identity. The violent disruption of land
relations is a defining feature of colonialism and imperialism;
colonial governments have territorialized Indigenous lands and bodies
and undermined Indigenous political authority through gendered and
racialized hierarchies of difference. Consequently, Indigenous
resistance and visions for justice and liberation are bound up with
land and land-body relationships that challenge colonial power. “Land
back” has become a slogan for Indigenous land protectors. Relations
to land are foundational to political transformations envisioned and
mobilized through Indigenous resurgence praxes.

In this symposium, we aim to highlight the many ways Indigenous
peoples understand and practice land relations for political
resurgence and freedom across the Americas, by refusing colonial
territorializations of Indigenous land and life-making practices. Our
intention is to place Indigenous practices of freedom within the
particularities of Indigenous place-based laws, cosmologies, and
diplomacies, while also taking a hemispheric approach to
understanding how Indigeneity is shaped across colonial borders. We
seek papers from both emerging and established scholars, artists,
community organizers, and design and planning practitioners that
highlight how Indigenous peoples are reconceptualizing land relations
to renew Indigenous environmental knowledge. We welcome contributions
focused on contemporary engagements with land as well as papers that
foreground the historical conditions that inform resistance and
resurgence today. We are particularly interested in papers working at
the intersection of Indigenous studies and the fields associated with
landscape studies, including geography, political ecology, landscape
architecture, planning, art history, and archaeology. We invite
contributions that center Indigenous resistance and resurgence across
various topics:

- Indigenous law and ecological knowledge, for instance as expressed
through concepts such as sumak kawsay or mino-bimaadiziwin, and their
relation to environmental justice

- Approaches to landscape architecture, planning, or environmental
design that foreground Indigenous knowledge or ecological practices,
with potential focus on participatory design practice, community
building through design, environmental justice, foodways, and climate

- Indigenous conceptualizations of gender and sexuality and
relationships between land/water/bodies, or that center Indigenous
women and queer, Two-Spirit, and trans bodies as political orders to
explore how Indigenous landscape practices are connected to gender
variance, queerness, and sex sovereignty, or how the erotic
encourages decolonial resistance and futures

- Collective struggles for land and space and shared visions of
liberation and freedom activated by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and
people of color) practices of resistance, abolition, resurgence, and

Submission Requirements

- Submit a 500-word abstract and curriculum vitae as a single PDF to by August 1, 2020. Please use the file-naming
convention: Last Name_CFP 2021 Symposium. Put “CFP 2021 Symposium” in
the subject line.

- Submissions by more than one author are welcome, but travel
reimbursement and accommodations can only be offered to the principal

- Invited speakers will be asked to commit to their participation in
the GLS 2021 symposium and should plan to attend April 30–May 1, 2021.

Michelle Daigle and Heather Dorries, faculty in the Department of
Geography & Planning and Centre for Indigenous Studies, University of

Website of the Symposium:


Thaïsa Way, Program Director
Garden & Landscape Studies
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
1703 32nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Tel: +1 202 3396461