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KURF Research Group on Comparative Indigeneity

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The Research Group on Comparative Indigeneity is an interdisciplinary group of scholars based in the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education at the University of Tromsø. Our goal is to provide a forum where scholars, students, and community members can share their research results and ideas with each other. The theme 'comparative indigeneity' is defined broadly. We welcome the participation of anyone with a primary research interest in one or more communities that can be defined as 'indigenous', or who is interested in the relation between indigenous peoples and the state. We welcome a critical engagement with the term and we encourage comparison across post-colonial domains and across borders.

The core of the group is made up of professors, post-doctoral fellows and PhD students in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology. The Department has attracted specialists with research experience in all contintents, but with particular strengths in Subsaharan and Southern Africa and in the circumpolar Arctic including the Russian Federation.

Theoretically, the group has focused most of its effort on the connection between landscape and indigenous peoples, processes of identity formation and assimilation, and the legal and political expression of aboriginal rights. This research theme has been built over the past decade, but was recognised by the Faculty in June 2010 as a research group of general interest and was provided with seed-funding to organise its activities.

The primary responsibilities of the research group in are to organise seminars where new research is presented, to invite accomplished international scholars to the university, to make links with similar groups worldwide, and to co-ordinate efforts at attracting external funding for  research and publication.



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(photo title & credit: The Number Three Reindeer Brigade, Surinda, Evenkiia 2003)

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