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Practical Ontologies of Indigeneities & Modernities: Dual Ways of Life in Contemporary Inuit Societies

Practical Ontologies of Indigeneities & Modernities: Dual Ways of Life in Contemporary Inuit Societies
19 Russell Street, AP 246
Time: Sep 23rd, 12:30 pm End: Sep 23rd, 2:30 pm
Interest Categories: Sociology (FAS), Indigenous, Ethnography, Environment, Canada, Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950
Anthropology Colloquium Series Brownbag Lunch talk by Keiichi Omura, Osaka University

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to present

Keiichi Omura (Osaka University)

Practical Ontologies of Indigeneities & Modernities: Dual Ways of Life in Contemporary Inuit Societies

Anthropology Colloquium Series – Brown Bag Lunch
23 September, 12:30-2:30pm, AP 246, 19 Russell St.


Abstract: The aims of this brown bag talk are twofold: First, I will present my own ethnographic research on the practical ontologies of Inuit in Kugaaruk, Nunavut Territory, Canada. I will explore the potential of the perspective of practical ontology for elucidating the contemporary situation between Modernities and Indigeneities. I will show the present conditions of contemporary Inuit societies, in which the Inuit are incorporated into global networks of economy and scientific knowledge while keeping their subsistence system as their unique way of life. I will examine how they achieve this dual way of life, that is, their lifestyle that involves moving between Modernities and Indigeneities. Based on this examination, I will discuss the important role of everyday practices in the divergence and convergence of ontologies.

Second, I will explain my larger collaborative research project to which my presented work contributes, entitled “A Comparative Study of ‘Indigenous Knowledge’ & ‘Modern Science’”. This project is funded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research A, 25244043) and collectively explores new ways of thinking about the relationship between indigenous knowledge and modern science among interested scholars by holding international workshops and seminars. I will present the preliminary outline of the workshop, entitled ‘Politics of Knowledge: Practical Ontologies of Indigeneities and Modernities,’ which I propose to hold jointly with some faculty members at the University of Toronto in 2015 or 2016.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Please register for this event at http://anthropology.utoronto.ca/events/colloquium-keiichi-omura/


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