AAA CFP: Drugs, Coloniality, and Indigenous People

Organizers: Juliana Willars (Texas State University) and Autumn Zellers León (Temple University)

When Europeans arrived in the New World, they encountered a vast array of psychoactive plants, such as coca, peyote, tobacco, and ayahuasca, which Indigenous people had been using long before colonization. While settler colonialism led to displacement and genocide of Indigenous communities, the integration of some of these plants and their derivatives into the global market created new paradigms of psychoactive use unprecedented in human history. Setting these historical realities alongside each other, we seek to analyze how Indigenous people in the Americas and throughout the world are uniquely impacted by drug markets and drug policy. We ask: How has the drug economy affected Indigenous people, and how have they responded? How are Indigenous people creating new ways of understanding, using, and producing psychoactive substances? How are Indigenous people positioned in the rapidly changing regime of drug policy throughout the world, and how might our analyses help to shape that engagement? We welcome papers that address themes that include, but are not limited to:

  • alcohol, tobacco and drug use in Indigenous communities

  • addiction, prevention, and treatment in Indigenous communities

  • drug production in Indigenous territories

  • changing ritual practices

  • extraction of Indigenous plant knowledge

  • histories of anthropologists studying indigenous psychoactive use

  • Indigenous incarceration for drug crimes

If interested, please send inquiries or a 250-word abstract to [email protected] and [email protected] by Wednesday, March 30, 2016.