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Dissertation Defense: Micah Fisher – “Beyond Recognition: Indigenous land rights & changing landscapes in Indonesia”

May 9 @ 1:00 PM 3:00 PM

Saunders Hall, Room 443


This dissertation considers the implications of indigenous land rights recognition as a strategy to secure land access for rural populations in Indonesia. Based on 21 months of field work, the research applies a landscape political ecology approach, combining geospatial analysis with ethnographic engagement among policymakers, advocacy groups, village development authority, and farmer groups in South Sulawesi. By following the processes of how certain crops are fixed and removed from the landscape, this research finds that the way social movements connect with local authority to secure land rights recognition serves to reinforce and accelerate the terms of dispossession among those most in need of land.

All are welcome to attend.


  • Krisnawati Suryanata (Geography, Chairperson)
  • Reece Jones (Geography)
  • Jefferson Fox (Geography / The East-West Center)
  • Jonathan Padwe (Anthropology)
  • Ehito Kimura (Political Science, University Representative)

Saunders Hall

2424 Maile Way
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