Hunter Gatherer Education: Directions for Research and Advocacy
24-25 September 2019, Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø.
Workshop announcement and registration here
The focus of this 2-day workshop will be the educational challenges faced by hunters and gatherers and post-foragers. While such groups share the struggles of other indigenous peoples, they also face particular difficulties related to small group size, egalitarian social structures, habitation in very remote locations, and extremely marginal social status; most groups are also currently experiencing rapid loss of territory and autonomy. The educational aspects of the challenges faced by hunter-gatherer groups, the ways that education connects with issues of land, culture, and livelihood, and the relevance of traditional knowledge and educational strategies were discussed and outlined at the HG-EDU workshop held at the CHAGS conference.
Taking these global patterns and discussions as a point of departure, this workshop invites papers addressing both specific local cases of hunters and gatherers and their educational situations, and international aspects of this issue. An overarching question will be how research can contribute to educational self-determination for hunter-gatherer communities. What kinds of research are needed, and how can researchers collaborate with hunter-gatherer communities to further their own educational aspirations? What choices are communities and individuals making about education, and what resources are available to support them? What are the current educational options for hunter-gatherer communities, and how do these relate to livelihood opportunities? What is the relationship between the extremely local dilemmas faced by small hunter-gatherer communities, and the large-scale global driving forces that affect them (including economic development; mining other large-scale industries and projects; global education campaigns)? Where is research and advocacy best targeted? A concluding session of the workshop will determine next steps and future activities for the research and advocacy group HG-EDU.
This workshop follows the establishment of the Research and Advocacy Group on Hunter-Gatherer Education (HG-EDU), launched at the Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS) in July 2018. An important aim of this group is to use research-based understanding to contribute to educational self-determination for hunter-gatherer communities (see the working statement for the group here).