Lessons of Indigeneity: Adivasis and Sámis

Two-day conference on role of academics within indigenous social movements
Tuesday 29 Nov 2022, 11:00 - Wednesday 30 Nov 2022, 12:00
Spoken Language
Aula A and B
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Lessons of indigeneity: Adivasis and Samis

This conference will facilitate a conversation between the indigenous communities based in two different parts of the world, such as to create a solidarity platform across borders.

The aim is to develop key academic takeaways, especially in regard to understanding researchers' roles as allies for indigenous social movements (and in turn, further developing responsible science practices).

Indigenous communities worldwide face extensive social, political, cultural and economic subjugation at the hands of the state and the mainstream dominant communities.

In India, indigenous communities (Adivasis) face perpetual fear of displacement in the name of development. In Norway/Sweden/Finland, the Sámi indigenous communities face similar situations of oppression and cultural discrimination. In this regard, the two communities have plenty to share, engage, learn and un-learn from each other.

This two-day conference is an endeavour in this direction, to bring the two communities together.


The conference will host three guest speakers:

  • Dayamani Barla, Indian indigenous activist. She has been working for decades against displacement-cum-development projects. She is popularly known as the 'Iron Lady of Jharkhand'. Among other things, she is known for standing up to Arcelor Mital, the Luxembourg based Steel giant in order to preserve the Adivasi water forests and lands. 
  • Rose Xaxa, Indian indigenous activist. An Adivasi activist with years of experience in forest and land rights. She is a member of Kendriya Jan Sangharsh Samiti (KJSS), which spearheaded the Netrahat Movement (this movement was against the State-led displacement project to set up army firing practice camp affecting 250 villages).
  • Tuula Sharma Vassvik, a Sámi artist from Norway. Her heart lies in indigenization and indigenous, queer and feminist ways of healing, thriving and resistance. Tuula works as the advisor for the Sámi museum association and is the producer and host of the podcast Vuostildanfearánat - Sámi stories of resistance which centers women, non-binary and femme Sámi activists.


29 November

11:00-13:00 - Aula A
14:00-16:00 - Aula B

30 November

10:00-12:00 - Aula B

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The conference is jointly organized by the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA) and International Solidarity for Academic Freedom in India (InSAF India). The principal organizing body is ISS, which will host the conference.

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