Workshop – Indigenous Ontologies (2014)

Indigenous Ontologies: Reassessing Human and Non Human Relations

29th-30th of July 2014, Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore, University of Tartu.

The recent ontological turn in French anthropology (Descola 1992 & 2013, Viveiro de Castro 1998) as well as the discourse on neo-animism (Harvey 2005) question hegemonial anthropocentric perspectives emphasizing the need for understanding ontological alterities and pluralisms, often labeled animism or neo-animism. The second international MEWSC workshop is devoted to the understanding of diverse forms of existence by examining human and non human relations in indigenous Indian Adivasi contexts, cross-cultural ontological alterities in international folklore and minority religions.

The key-note lecture “New approaches to animism: foregrounding relationality” will be delivered by Dr Graham Harvey – head of the department of Religious Studies at the Open University and President of the British Association for the Study of Religions. His Animism: Respecting the Living World (2005) has contributed significantly to re-thinking animism. His edited Handbook of Contemporary Animism (2013) demonstrates the interdisciplinary reach of these new approaches.

The workshop is co-organised by the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore, University of Tartu and the Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC), University College Cork (UCC) in co-operation with the Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory (CECT).

If you would like to participate in the workshop, please contact Margaret Lyngdoh (mewscworkshop[at] as soon as possible.