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Winter 2020-21 Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change

This semester, the department continues to collaborate with Infoe (Institut für Ökologie und Aktions-Ethnologie) on the topic of indigenous peoples and climate change.

Again, there will be a lecture series (on ZOOM) organized by Sarah Mund together with Infoe, which will be coupled to the seminar of Prof. Bollig "The Anthropology of Climate and Climate Change".

During the ZOOM lectures indigenous people from different countries will share and discurss their perspectives on the changing climate with the participants.

The dates and topics of the lectures will be published here as soon as possible. The following are already confirmed:

Rodion Sulyandziga, Center for support of indigenous peoples of the North (CSIPN), Russia:
Engagement of Udege people in protected areas management and climate change mitgation

15.12. 2020:
Jasmine Neosh, College of Menominee Nation, USA:
The Menominee sustainable forest management as a basis for community resilience in times of climate change and crisis

Pasang Dolma Sherpa, Centre for Indigeneous Peoples Research and Development (CIPRED), Nepal:
Climate change in the Himalaya region and progressive Gurung women for resilient communities in Nepal ?

Simon Peter Longoli, Karamoja Development Funds, Uganda:
Etamam - traditional negotiation mechanism of the Karamojong in times of multiple crisis

Krissusandi Gunui’ as the Executive Director of Institut Dayakologi and Julianto Makmur as the interpreter (English-Indonesian-English):
Empowering Dayak communities to combat inequality and cope with the impacts of climate change

Anyone interested can notify Sarah Mund (smund4@uni-koeln.de) and will receive further information and the Zoom invitation in due time.


In summer semester 2020 as part of the Master course "Indigene und Klimawandel" held by Sarah Mund there was also a panel discussion with two indigenous representatives - Pasang Dolma Sherpa from Nepal and Rodion Sulyandziga from Russia - who are both working in UN organisations on the topic of climate change.

Topics for the discussion were:

  • How are indigenous peoples represented in the (inter)national climate change discourse and policy making.
  • How can anthropologists or activists support indigenous peoples in the face of climate change?