International Workshop on Indigenous Knowledge and Global Challenges

International Workshop on Indigenous Knowledge and Global Challenges: Transdisciplinary Dialogues on Risk Interpretation and Action for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation.

Date: Wednesday, Jan 28 2015, 3 to 5 pm
Place: Large Conference Room, UFIC – University of Florida International
Center (located inside the UF International Center, in the HUB).

Guest Presenters:
Marcus Briggs-Cloud – Maskoke, University of Florida, US
Simon Lambert – Maori, Lincoln University, New Zealand
Victor Okorie – Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Simone Athayde – TCD and Amazon Dams Network (ADN), UF (discussant)

Co-sponsored by:

  • Tropical Conservation and Development Program (TCD), Center for Latin
  • American Studies, University of Florida
  • International Social Sciences Council – ISSC/ RIA Fellows
  • Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)
  • Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START)

The objective of this workshop is to promote international and cross-cultural knowledge and experience exchange on indigenous knowledge systems and disaster risk reduction understanding, policy-making and governance. This four day workshop will comprise:

  • Promote joint presentations and discussions,
  • Advance the development of a global framework and drafting of a collective policy-paper on the subject to be written by participants;
  • Involve University of Florida faculty and students, WSS fellows, IRDR community, Amazon Dams Network and other related groups and initiatives in this important debate;
  • Advance the formation of an international and transdisciplinary network on IK and DRR involving non-indigenous and indigenous representatives and knowledge holders;
  • Promote knowledge exchange between participants and Florida Seminole representatives.

This workshop is part of a research project (Seed Grant) following an International Seminar on Risk Interpretation and Action (RIA), co-sponsored by the World Social Science Fellows programme, the Risk Interpretation and Action working group of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme, the IRDR International Center of Excellence, Taipei, the international START Secretariat, and the Royal Society of New Zealand. It was hosted by Massey University in Wellington and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.

A publication resulting from this seminar can be found at: WSS Fellows on RIA* (2014) Reporting on the Seminar – Risk Interpretation and Action (RIA): Decision Making Under Conditions of Uncertainty. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies. 18 (1), pp. 27-37.

See: Workshop Agenda, Flier