FDCIP 2013 Jennifer Hays

Forum update about collaboration and 2014 Forum conference

Jennifer Hays
SOGIP – Scales of governance and Indigenous Peoples

This Forum update describes a new collaboration between the Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples and a French-based research project on indigenous rights, including a conference focusing on indigenous education, to be hosted at the University of Tromsø in April 2014.


The project SOGIP (Scales of Governance: The UN, the States and Indigenous Peoples) is a five-year international comparative research program on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, funded by the European Research Council (ERC 249236) and based at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), in Paris, France.

The SOGIP research team studies the ways in which the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and other relevant international norms and conventions, are endorsed or dismissed by States and civil society in different cases relating to Indigenous peoples. The guiding research questions are: How do Indigenous Peoples, who organize themselves in different patterns, and who reside within different political regimes and state legal apparatuses, build models of free choice to ensure their future? And what is the role of the international Indigenous rights movement and international legal mechanisms in this process?

The SOGIP research team, led by Irène Bellier, and is composed of anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists and jurists who are specialists in different regions of the world. The regions and case studies include: Southern Africa – Botswana, Namibia; the Americas – Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, French Guyana, Mexico; Asia – India; and the Pacific – Australia, New Caledonia. In addition, the United Nations and its agencies constitute a field of investigation.

During the 5 years of the project (2010 – 2015), SOGIP is hosting a series of workshops. The first, in 2011, focused on international mobilization, governance and legal issues. The second, in 2013, addressed indigenous peoples and their rights to land, including land policy and use, conservation and extractive industries.

Cooperation with the Forum

In 2014, for the third conference in the series, SOGIP is joining with the Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to co-host the conference: Education and Learning from an Indigenous Rights Perspective: What knowledge, skills, and languages for sustainable futures? This conference will be held at the University of Tromsø, 2 – 4 April 2014.

For this meeting, SOGIP and the Forum will merge their two conference series focusing on global and local issues of indigenous rights, to address the critical issues around education. At this conference we will discuss the numerous and complex challenges of addressing educational concerns for Indigenous peoples – including issues involving language and knowledge, indigenous education models, higher education, development cooperation, and self-determination. As with previous conferences in both series, academics and practitioners, including those who are indigenous themselves, will engage in a constructive dialogue based on comparison of specific case studies, and with reference to the global context.

We look forward to good collaboration and a thought-provoking and productive conference in April.

For more information about SOGIP visit: www.sogip.ehess.fr

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