2018 Fall Semester Theme: Indigeneity in the Americas

What do we mean by Indigeneity in the Americas?  Why is it important to address this question?  This semester’s theme will explore both these questions in relation to both reservation and urban Native communities and their neighboring non-Native communities. More specifically, we will explore the ways that power and privilege in the dominant society has related to Native and Indigenous subjectivities, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexualities, and class.  For example, to what extent do historical policies imposed by nation-state governments – like blood quantum – disproportionately discriminate against or disadvantage Indigenous peoples of multiracial ancestry, Indigenous women, and Indigenous peoples of the third and fourth genders?

We will also address how Indigenous scholarship continues to chart new frameworks for analyzing Indigenous cultural production, Indigenous activism, and Indigenous innovation across disciplines, genres, and regions.  How do Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas, for instance, come to know and relate to terms like subjectivity, agency, power, privilege, race, gender, or settler colonialism?  How do these terms, in turn, shape Indigeneity in the Americas?  Finally, we will address the question of Indigeneity in the Americas in order to ascertain how bridging Indigenous knowledge and Western knowledge is already and will continue to contribute to the critical study of a host of economic, political, social, and cultural issues—from climate change to violence against women to the inequality of resources– being faced by Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities alike.

Programs Related to the Theme

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Location: TBD, 7 p.m.
Topic: Indigeneity in the Americas
Dan Longboat, Trent University

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Location: TBD, 7 p.m.
Topic: Indigeneity in the Americas
Jane Mt. Pleasant, Cornell University

 

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