The purpose of this workshop is to explore the history of what might be considered the fundamental political demand of subordinated and colonized peoples of the Americas since the rise of the nation-state: Autonomy. Our outlook is critical, considering evidence that autonomy as a political horizon has lost its allure, at least when achieved through negotiated devolution of resources and authority, regulated and limited by the state. We explore the implications of this and other limiting conditions of “permitted” autonomies, focusing especially on the protagonists’ growing skepticism, and then we examine the content and trajectory of the “unauthorized” variants, both in practice and in people’s political imaginaries.
- From the “authorized Indian” to authorized autonomies. Millaman and Hale.
- Experiences of authorized autonomy: The Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, the Kuna of Panamá, and indigenous peoples in Colombia. Hale.
- Autonomy in the past and in the future of Mapuche anti-colonial struggles: autonomy in the colonial context, autonomies in contemporary Mapuche discourses and practices. Millaman.
- Emergent forms of “unauthorized” autonomies: from the economic and territorial, to the erotic and the ontological. Millaman and Hale.