Public lecture with professor Maruyama

2016-01-20

We welcome you to a public lecture with Professor Hiroshi Maruyama, who is visiting to receive his Honorary Doctorate at the Faculty of Philosophy and will speak on the following topic:

(In)Visible Threats to the Cultural Wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples in the Context of Japan and Sweden
There are many differences between the majority and minorities, particularly indigenous peoples, in terms of perceiving history, society and culture. In general, colonialism is invisible for the majority, while it is visible for indigenous peoples. That is to say, colonialism is yet not over as seen from the perspective of indigenous peoples. It is interwoven with globalization and nationalism. In the global north, the majority do not care about cultural wellbeing, because they can enjoy their own culture. By contrast, indigenous peoples are suffering from a lack of their own cultural wellbeing, which is invisible for the majority. In this context, this lecture tries to make visible the colonialism that still lingers in the indigenous policy in Sweden and Japan in terms of ensuring indigenous peoples’ cultural wellbeing. Also, by employing the concept human security, it attempts to make visible that the indigenous cultural wellbeing has been endangered by the exploitation of natural resources on the territories of indigenous communities.

The lecture will take place on 27 January 1:15 - 3:00 PM at English Park Campus, room 2-0076.