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April 22, 2018
Debate on Indigenous struggle in Chile, Philippines, Suriname and West Papua
Studio/K - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

In relation to Earth Day Studio/K organize an event about Indigenous struggles, land relations and decolonization to give visibility to indigenous struggles and how they are related to issues of climate change and sustainability. The program consists of a lecture, cultural performances and a panel discussion with indigenous groups.

Over the past 500 years colonization has systematically committed violence against indigenous people and in the process appropriated their land. Today many or most of the indigenous people around the world still face systematic marginalization and displacement. How does colonial history relate to today's inequities and how is colonialism still visible today? What is the connection between indigenous rights and sustainability and what can today’s modern society actually learn from different indigenous people today? These are some of the questions this event aims to address.

This event is a collaboration with;
- Rolando Vazquez
- Mapuche Foundation Folil
- MABIKAs Foundation
and Free West Papua Campaign (Nederland) will share their story and shed light on these issues.

Entrance is based on your donations varying from €3 to €5. There is also the possibility to buy a combiticket for €12,50 which includes vegetarian food at the end of the event.

This event is part of the School of Critics in which monthly lectures, workshops, panels, film and/or discussion nights on critical and socially underexposed topics take place at Studio/K. This will be done as much as possible in collaboration with cultural and social organizations.

While Studio/K strongly supports critical discussion, the views and opinions expressed in these lectures are those of the speakers and parties and do not necessarily reflect the position of Studio/K.

Rolando Vázquez is associate professor who coordinates the Decolonial Summer School in Middelburg together with Walter Mignolo for the last eight Years. Through his work he seeks to develop practices of thinking and learning that transgress the dominant frameworks of contemporaneity, heteronormativity and coloniality. His research on the question of precedence and relational temporalities seeks to overcome the western critique of modernity and contribute to the ongoing efforts to decolonize knowledge, aesthetics and subjectivity.

Location: Studio/K
Timorplein 62, 1094 CC Amsterdam, Netherlands


Schedule Event:
Below short schedule with afterwards more elaborate information with prepared questions per section.

15:00-15:10 walk in:
15:10-15:15 introduction by Chihiro
15:15-15:35 lecture by Rolando Vazquez
15:35-15:45 Q&A
15:45-15:55 Cultural Performance/ intermezzo by Mabika’s Foundation
15:55-16:00 going on stage + introduction Chihiro
16:00-16:05 Presentation by Cesar Taguba, from Mabika’s foundation about Land & colonization
16:05-16:10 Presentation by Inge Pierre from Kaikusie Foundation about pollution in Suriname
16:10-16:30 Panel conversation with all the organisations:
16:30-16:40 Q&A Audience
16:40-16:55 Break.
16:55-17:00 Introduction second half.
17:00-17:05 Presentation by Maria Railaf of Mapuche Foundation Folil
17:05-17:10 Presentation by Free West papua campaign
17:10-17:30 Panel discussion with organizations
17:30-17:40 Q&A
17:40-17:50 Call to action & closing by Chihiro
17:50-18:00 Closing performance with Flute & music by George Mensink.
18:00-20:00 vegetarian food/ eating together.