Webinar Series: Indigenous Peoples, Heritage and Landscape in the Asia Pacific: Knowledge Co-Production, Policy Change, and Empowerment

About the Series

How do scholars approach community-engaged research? Why is there a need to involve community stakeholders in research? What happens when communities engage scholars and invest in the research process? An increasing number of scholars have actively strived for the involvement of communities, not just as mere contributors, but as active and involved participants in the research process. This recent shift in research practice is a product of the realization that collaboration among local, indigenous, and other stakeholders provides a venue for inclusive co-production of knowledge. In this webinar series, we showcase examples of successful scholarship in the Asia Pacific where local stakeholders and local communities are actively involved.  Panel members are researchers who actively engage with the communities that they work with.  The webinar series emphasizes that collaborative methodology is a venue where indigenous/local knowledge systems and Western science intersects. The goal is to utilize the knowledge co-production to argue for policy recommendations that have space for co-administration. More importantly, we highlight the importance of collaboration to empowering communities.

The webinar is co-hosted by UCLA Department of Anthropology, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA Asia Pacific Center, University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement (SITMo), Ifugao State University, and the Partido State University.


The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research is sponsoring the webinar series through the Webinars on the Future of Anthropology Grants. The Henry Luce Foundation is also supporting the series through a special grant. At UCLA, we are thankful to the Asia Pacific Center and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology for co-sponsoring the series. Our overseas partners, the University of New England through the First Peoples Rights and Law Centre, and the National Cheng-chi University through the Center for Taiwan-Philippines Indigenous Knowledge, Local Knowledge, and Sustainable Studies (CTPILS) are also providing generous funding to the event.


Zoom registration is available on panel details below or on the Panels page.

September Events

Panel 1: Defining the terms: Heritage, Landscapes, Indigenous Empowerment

Wednesday September 16, 8:00 PM (PDT) / Thurs September 17, 11:00 AM (TWN)

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Panel 2: Wisdom of the Landscapes 1.0

Wednesday September 23, 7:00 PM (PDT) / Thurs September 24, 10:00 AM (TWN)

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Panel 3: Wisdom of the Landscapes 2.0

Wednesday September 30, 7:00 PM (PDT) / Thurs October 1, 10:00 AM (TWN)

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October Events

Panel 4: Weaving and Empowerment

Wednesday October 7, 7:00 PM (PDT) / Thurs October 8, 10:00 AM (TWN)

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Panel 5: History and Heritage

Wednesday October 14, 7:00 PM (PDT) / Thurs October 15, 10:00 AM (TWN)

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Panel 6: Pacific Histories

Wednesday October 21, 7:00 PM (PDT) / Thurs October 22, 10:00 AM (TWN)

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Panel 7: Indigeneity, Identity, and Empowerment

Wednesday October 28, 7:00 PM (PDT) / Thurs October 29, 10:00 AM (TWN)

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November Events

Panel 8. Indigenous Rights and Heritage Laws

November 4, 2020, 6:00 PM (PDT) / November 5, 2020, 10:00 AM (TWN)

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Panel 9. Preserving Textiles: Indigenous Knowledge and Methods

November 11, 2020, 6:00 PM (PST) / November 12, 2020, 10:00 AM (TWN)

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Panel 10. Tying Ends Together: Translating Engagement and Empowerment

November 18, 2020, 6:00 PM (PST) / November 19, 2020, 10:00 AM (TWN)

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