Inaugural Conference on Global Indigenous Studies from Multiple Perspectives

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November 15-17, 2024
Indiana Memorial Union
900 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405

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Throughout the world, ethnic minorities and Indigenous people have strived to protect their rich heritages and linguistic characteristics against colonial powers, expanding nation-states, as well as the homogenizing forces of globalization. It is increasingly being recognized, exemplified by UNITED NATIONS' “Indigenous Languages Decade” (2022-2032) (, that Indigenous languages and the epistemologies embedded in them are fundamental for the perseverance of biological and cultural diversities. The protection and promotion of linguistic diversity help to improve the human potential, agency, and local governance of native speakers of endangered languages, which is especially critical in the face of climate change and environmental degradation. 

The First Conference on Global Indigenous Studies (CGIS 2024) is a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary event that will bring together national and international scholars, educators, practitioners, students, policy makers, activists, academic institutions, Indigenous organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations. The participants in this conference will be involved in a local and global dialogue and exchange of ideas, research, and experiences on the themes of the event.  

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Now Accepting Proposal Submissions!

The Hamilton Lugar School (HLS) of Global and International Studies at Indiana University Bloomington invites proposals for panels, individual papers, round table discussions, interactive workshops, performances, and poster sessions to be presented at the First Conference on Global Indigenous Studies (CGIS) on November 15-17, 2024, at Indiana University Bloomington, USA.  

Proposals will only be accepted through the online submission system. 

Deadline: June 15, 2024

UNESCO International Decade of Indigenous Languages

The First Conference on Global Indigenous Studies (CGIS 2024) will meet in recognition and celebration of the UNESCO International Decade of Indigenous Languages (IDIL), 2022-2032.

"The proclamation of an International Decade is a key outcome of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, for which the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) lead global efforts."  More information here. 


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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.