Thesis subject

Rights of Nature and Indigenous ontologies

How do rights of Nature discourse transform within Indigenous ontologies? And how does that transformation lead to a non-liberal understanding of sustainability and conservation?

The advocacy of the rights of Nature has become a powerful tool in promoting sustainability and environmental conservation. However, Indigenous peoples often frame the rights of Nature discourse in a way that rely on Indigenous ontologies involving relationships with ancestors, non-human animals, and Nature.

This thesis will look at one (or two) Indigenous ontologies as case studies and investigate how the rights of Nature discourse is transformed within those ontologies and leads to non-liberal understandings of sustainability and conservation.

There is a possibility to focus on case studies from New Zealand, Mexico, or Brazil, or to suggest case studies from other areas.