Landbody: Indigeneity's Radical Commitments

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May 5, 2016 to May 7, 2016
Wisconsin, United States
Subject Fields: 
Native American History / Studies, Anthropology, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Indigenous Studies

Landbody: Indigeneity's Radical Commitments
A Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) Conference
University of Wisconsin-MIlwaukee
May 5 - 7, 2016
Curtin Hall 175

Landbody considers the implications of Native ontologies and epistemologies, emphasizing the animate, living nature of place and the conceptual primacy of connection and locale. Despite colonial incursions, Native communities continue tribal lifeways, constructing and reconstructing systems of reciprocal survival in regions and localized spaces throughout land and other spaces occupied by, and contested by, colonial powers and people. Place is not a neutral backdrop. An ontological connection to a specific land comprises a central component of indigenous being, a commitment to place contrary to current celebrations of migration, individualism, and cosmopolitanism.

Plenary speakers include Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Jolene Rickard, Audra Simpson, Kim TallBear, and Gerald Vizenor.

Moreover, researchers from universities in Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden, and the United States will speak in various panels organized around the following themes: Spaces of Contestation, Re-Sources, Bodies, Confronting Being, Land Agents, Reclamation, Enacting Consciousness, Time & Story, and Indigenizing Epistemologies.

The conference is free and open to the public, but we ask attendees to please RSVP.

For a full schedule, abstracts, and other information, please visit the Landbody website.

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