Papuan Lives Matter

by Chris Lundry, Professor-Investigador, El Colegio de Mexico

Date & Time: Friday, January 20, 2023, at 11:00 AM

Location: Durham 240 & Zoom


Lunch will be provided for those who attend in person. Please RSVP for in person attendance by January 17, 2023.



The Papuan Lives Matter movement emerged in 2020, a year after racist violence directed at West Papuans spread from East Java to other places in Indonesia. Through the use of social and traditional media, West Papuan activists are drawing attention to structural racism in Indonesia, and linking to the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States and elsewhere - continuing a link to the African American community that dates to the early twentieth century. Long viewed as "primitive" or "savage," attributes assigned to them by outsiders, West Papuans are decrying these continuing stereotypes and creating new self-defining epistemologies.

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