The Indigenous Experience Today


6.00 - 7.00 pm


admission free

Join us for talk by Professor Andrew Canessa who will focus on the indigenous experience today.

Being indigenous has often meant being rural, marginal and on the edges – literally and figuratively — of what is imagined as the nation state.  In many cases, this is still so. Today, however, a majority of indigenous people in the world are urban and this is certainly the case in Latin America.

Andrew Canessa looks at the contemporary  urban experience of indigenous peoples in the Americas and elsewhere, as he seeks to shed light on the myriad of ways people can be indigenous in the modern world.  This includes an exploration on indigenous cosmopolitanism and the ways in which indigeneity can transcend national boundaries through music, migration, and art.’

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About Andrew Canessa

Andrew Canessa (Dept of Sociology, University of Essex) is a social anthropologist who has been working with indigenous people since 1989.  His work is principally based on long term ethnographic fieldwork in highland Bolivia and has focussed on issues of race, gender, sexuality, and identity.  Among his publications is Intimate Indigeneities: Exploring Race, Sex, and History in the Small Spaces of Life (Duke 2012) and Natives Making Nations:  Gender, Indigeneity and the State in the Andes (Arizona 2011 [2005]).  He is currently working on two book projects, one with political scientist Manuela Picq entitled Savages, Citizens, and Sodomites: Indigenous People and the Nation State from Thomas Hobbes to Evo Morales (Duke) and with Dana Brablec Urban Indigeneities: Being Indigenous in the 21st Century (Arizona).