The latest issue, Volume 12, Issue 3 is now available online and in print. This issue has a special focus on Indigenous autonomy projects, with four of the articles exploring the historical and/or contemporary causes of both the idea of indigenous autonomy and the form it takes in specific cases. The articles in this issue bear testament to the diversity of the notion of autonomy and feature case studies from Russia, Latin America, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and the Marianas Archipelagoes.
Ivan Sablin and Alexander Korobeynikov, Research Fellows from the Center for Historical Research, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, Russia, trace the development and implementation of two autonomous projects in Asian Russia. Sablin and Korobeynikov argue that it was Indigenous intellectuals, not the Bolsheviks, who introduced autonomy as a form of post- colonial settlement during the crisis and collapse of the Russian Empire to Siberia and Central Asia. "The activities of Buryat-Mongol, Kazakh and other Indigenous intellectuals contributed not only to the political institutionalization of their own communities but also to the making of Soviet and contemporary Russia."
This article shows how the Buryat- Mongol and Kazakh (Alash) Indigenous intellectuals, by advocating their broader representation in existing and envisioned power structures, fought against discrimination and protected native languages and other forms of cultural expression from assimilation.
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