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Symposia at the Studio of Villa Bosch
Heidelberg University
Department of Geography
Berliner Str. 48
69120 Heidelberg

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Program of "Ethnic and Cultural Dimensions of Knowledge"

Wednesday, October 7
Thursday, October 8
Friday, October 9
Saturday, October 10

Wednesday, October 7, 2009



Welcome Address and Introduction into the Symposium
Peter Meusburger (Geography), University of Heidelberg (Germany)


Session 1: Local Cultural Knowledge
Chair: Diana K. Davis (Geography), University of California (USA)

Local Knowledge and Knowing as Social Products: A General Model With Cases From Southeast Asia
Christoph Antweiler (Cultural Anthropology), University of Bonn (Germany)

Why Has What's Local Been Ignored by Educators, and Why Should This Concern Us?
Gregory Smith (Education), Lewis & Clark College, Portland (USA)

Coffee Break

Local Cultural Resource Knowledge, Identity, Representation, Schooling and Education in Euro-Canadian [American] Contexts
George J. Sefa Dei (Sociology and Equity Studies), University of Toronto (Canada)

General Discussion


Thursday, October 8, 2009


Session 2: Ethnic Aspects of Education
Chair: William Gould (Geography), University of Liverpool (United Kingdom)

Spatial Traditions of Knowledge and Education - Ethnic Groups in the United States Reconsidered
Werner Gamerith (Geography), University of Passau (Germany)

Higher Education and Research Institutions in New Mexico (USA): A Place for Hispanics and Hispanic Culture?
Tim Freytag (Geography), University of Kiel (Germany)

Coffee Break

Race, Politics, and Geography in the Development of Public Schools in the Southern U.S
Adam Fairclough (History), Leiden University (Netherlands)

General Discussion


Session 3: Culture and Identity
Chair: Caroline Desbiens (Geography), Université Laval, Québec (Canada)

Defining Allies and Enemies: Identity, Politics and Conflict
Günther Schlee (Anthropology), Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Germany)

Cultural Identity, Education and Geocentric Orientation in India
Ramesh C. Mishra (Psychology), Banaras Hindu University (India)

Coffee Break

General Discussion


Friday, October 9, 2009


Session 4: Indigenous Knowledge: Loss and Importance
Chair: Christoph Antweiler (Cultural Anthropology), University of Bonn (Germany)

Of Lazarus, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, and Biopiracy: How (Why) International Law Nullified, Resurrected, and Altered Indigenous Peoples
Ikechi Mgbeoji (Law), York University, Toronto (Canada)

Political Economy, Power and Indigenous Knowledge: Erasures of IK in Pastoral Communities in the Maghreb and Afghanistan
Diana K. Davis (Geography), University of California (USA)

Coffee Break

"Masawa - bogeokwa si tuta!" - Cultural and Cognitive Implications of Trobriand Islanders' Losing Their Knowledge of How to Make a "masawa" Canoe
Gunter Senft (Linguistics), Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (Netherlands)

General Discussion


Session 5: Knowledge, Policies and Behaviour
Chair: Günther Schlee (Anthropology), Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Germany)

The Knowing in Indigenous Knowledge: Alternative Ways to View Development, Largely From a New Guinea Highlands’ Perspective
Paul Sillitoe (Anthropology), Durham University (United Kingdom)

Knowledge, Behaviour and Culture: HIV/AIDS in Africa
William Gould (Geography), University of Liverpool (United Kingdom)

Coffee Break

General Discussion


Saturday, October 10, 2009


Session 6: Indigenous Knowledge and Environment
Chair: Paul Sillitoe (Anthropology), Durham University (United Kingdom)

Greening the Dams: Sustainable Development, Ecological Restauration and Indigenous Knowledge in Northern Quebec
Caroline Desbiens (Geography), Université Laval, Québec (Canada)

Contradictory or Complementary Concepts? Local Environmental Knowledge and Development Interventions in Peripheral High Mountain Regions
Marcus Nüsser (Geography), University of Heidelberg (Germany)

Coffee Break

Indigenous Knowledge in Negotiating Sustainable Natural Resource Management
Urs Wiesmann (Geography), University of Bern (Switzerland)

Final discussion: Perspectives on Future Research on Ethnic and Cultural Dimensions of Knowledge


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