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The Indigenous Studies Discussion Group (ISDG) is a network run out of the University of Cambridge aiming to:

​(1)    To promote scholarship by and about Indigenous Peoples across disciplines and geographies to be a regular feature of the intellectual life of Cambridge.

(2)    To promote the sharing and discussion of insights and ideas pertaining to Indigenous studies across Peoples, disciplines, times and geographies.


About the Group

Indigenous Studies offers crucial insights on various aspects of the human experience spanning across many peoples, disciplines, time periods and places. Overwhelmingly, the field is composed of heavily context-dependent case studies that develop their own theories in their own geographical or disciplinary silos. Thus, it is difficult to stay updated with the work done across the field’s entire range. The Indigenous Studies Discussion Group, founded in 2019, is a group meeting monthly to listen to presentations or panels, read and discuss topics related to Indigenous Studies around the world. In this format we hope to connect the different people working with, involved with and/or interested in Indigenous Studies at the University of Cambridge.

The ISDG has officially become a CRASSH network for the current academic year (2021-2022) and we host termly events on different topics dealing with Indigenous Studies. The ISDG is supported by the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre. In 2020, the ISDG was recognized at the Outstanding Student Contribution to Education Awards run by the  Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning with a High Commendation under the Inclusive Practice category: 


You can find out more about our events at our CRASSH website and the ISDG website:

and catch up on past events on our YouTube Channel:



While the term Indigenous is issued in the title for brevity, the group aims to discuss topics relating to groups who identify variously as, for example, First Nations, Adivasi, Aboriginal, Native Nations, Scheduled Tribes, Autochthonous, etc.


Contact the Organisers: 

Oliver Antczak, PhD Student, Archaeology (Heritage) -

Nishant Gokhale, PhD Student, Legal Studies -

Leanne Daly, PhD Student, Archaeology (Heritage) -

If you would like to join our mailing list, or if you would like to suggest future speakers, readings or events, please email one of our organizers.


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The CHRC is a collaboration of six departments. This is symbolized through six stripes in Cambridge Blue in the CHRC logo. The mesh-work arising from the darker stripes represents the collaboration of the CHRC and the heritage field at large.

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