The History of the Network

The idea forthe Global Indigenous Studies Network sprang from a speaker series, “Indigenous East Asia,” in Fall 2021, organized by Morten Oxenboell of the East Asian Studies Center. The program quickly snowballed into one with a global perspective through the involvement of the seven National Resource Centers in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. The Global Indigenous Studies Network aims to bring together scholars, activists, and policy makers to address questions of Indigeneity from various disciplinary and regional perspectivesas well as larger issues of identity formation, social agency, cultural resilience, and ethnicity in global and national policies.

In 2022, Morten reached out to Serafín M. Coronel-Molina to brainstorm about this endeavor. Their numerous conversations resulted in the sharing of substantive information and the rapid creation of a basic website to host this new initiative, as well as the organization ofthe Global Indigenous Studies Inaugural Workshop (in person and online). After this very successful workshop, Morten decided to step down as coordinator of the Global Indigenous Studies Network, upon which Serafín took over leadership in 2023. In order to give more visibility to the Network, an international conference, the First Conference on Global Indigenous Studies from Multiple Perspectives, will be held November 15-17, 2024 at Indiana University.  

Land Acknowledgement

We wish to acknowledge and honor the Indigenous communities native to this region and recognize that Indiana University Bloomington is built on Indigenous homelands and resources. We recognize the myaamiaki, Lënape, Bodwéwadmik, and saawanwa people as the past, present, and future caretakers of this land. For more information, please visit the IU First Nations Educational & Cultural Center.