This proposal is inspired by my one-year master thesis project featuring spatial economic justice for indigenous female and global immigrant female in Arctic Scandinavia from September 2017 in Delft University of Technology, under the chair of Design as Politics in Urbanism program, with the support from TU Delft Feminists group.

Arctic Scandinavia is a region facing complex conflicts caused by climate change, extractive economic body, indigenous right movements and global immigration. In this network of conflicts, gender composes an indispensable perspective concerning both indigenous and immigrant female, both groups confront issues in colonization and globalization. Is there a common ground in gender studies that can enhance the participation and adaptation for both of them in modern economic and technical development? This forms the main aim of this session.

Decolonizing methodologies have proven to be of great value in indigenous research. The key is to consider the complex intersection in both individual and collective level. The inclusiveness in decolonizing methodologies echoes the need in studies and practices for the integration of immigrants. Thus this session calls for a collaboration of papers to bridge indigenous and immigrant gender studies, reflection on an intercultural and interdisciplinary perspective with complex cultural, social and economic consideration is necessary.

Together we join the forces of indigenous and immigrate studies from a gender perspective, in the hope to build a new paradigm of decolonizing methodologies for more intersection in gender studies. This session can provide an ethical and methodological framework for all themes.