Indigenous Rights to Consultation and Self-Determination

A Stream on “Indigenous Rights to Consultation and Self-Determination”
as part of the 4th Annual International Conference on Anthropology
18-21 June 2018, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Social Sciences

The Anthropology & Demography Unit of ATINER organizes a Stream on “Indigenous Rights to Consultation and Self-Determination” as part of the 4th Annual International Conference on Anthropology, 18-21 June 2018, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Social Sciences.

Oppression has marked indigenous people’s history throughout the world, and recognition of rights happened over repeated struggles and acts of resistance. In this context, the Convention 169, emanating from the International Labor Organization in 1989, was a milestone that signified an important progress in terms of the treatment of the indigenous question, especially because the resolution enshrined the right Indigenous self-identity; denied the possibility of non-ethnic recognition by signatory States, and granted the rights of consultation and participation of these peoples in politics. Nonetheless, current local trends undermine advances in Indigenous humanitarian protection, and grants access for big development extractive projects to take place. At stake is the effectiveness of human rights, indigenous peoples and minority rights, that cannot be subtracted from procedural obstacles, normative deviations, and elitist and corporatist political maneuvering. As human science moves forward, various fields of study have to take on the responsibility to advance and widen up the knowledge on indigeneity, not only from the cultural-human point of view but also from the science-research-policy one as well; while promoting true autonomy, and the essence of the right to self-determination, undressed from idealizations, symbolisms or western value notions. This streams welcomes research papers from the scientific fields of Law, Cultural and Social Anthropology, Biology, Ecology, Human Geography, Political Science, Indigenous Education, and any other discipline that relates to the topic.

You may participate as presenter of one paper, chair or/and organizer of a session, or observer.  

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 7 May 2018 to Dr. Carlos Teodoro Jose Hugueney Irigaray, Tenure, Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), and Operational Coordinator of the Interinstitutional Doctoral Program in Human Rights and Environment, UFPA / UFMT, Brazil. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. lead a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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