Indigenous / Settler

Princeton University, East Pyne 010


IS Conference Poster

From the local site of Lenapehoking – and from the ground of Princeton’s colonial condition – Indigenous/Settler examines methods for thinking across geographies, building alliances, and fighting settler colonialism at large without abandoning attention to specific histories and struggles. As the resistance at Standing Rock mainstreamed expressions of global Indigenous solidarity in 2016, this conference hopes to explore and historicize, as much as carefully practice, what has been called “trans” or “pan” or “global” Indigenous studies. Bringing together scholars and activists who work on diverse forms of indigeneity and settler coloniality, our motivating concerns for the conference include: indigenous environmentalisms, methods of allyship, decolonization and the institution, law and questions of reparation and justice.

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Thursday April 4th
East Pyne 010

4.45-5.00pm Opening Remarks
Isabel Lockhart (Princeton University)

5.00-6.30pm Keynote
Audra Simpson (Kahnawake Mohawk) (Columbia University)
“Savage States: Settler Governance in an Age of Sorrow”

6.30-8.30pm Reception

Friday April 5th
East Pyne 010

8.45-9.15am Breakfast and Welcome

9.15-11.00am Panel 1 | Territory
Chair: Bernadette Pérez (Princeton University)

Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez (Zapotec) (University of Alberta)
“Mining Body, Land, and Water in Oaxaca, Mexico”

Erica Violet Lee (Nēhiyaw) (University of Toronto)
“Taking Freedom Wherever We Can Find It: Indigenous Sovereignty in the City”

Billy-Ray Belcourt (Driftpile Cree) (University of Alberta)
“Rez Life: Theories”

11.00-11.15am Break

11.15am-1.00pm Panel 2 | Global Indigeneities
Chair: Wendy Warren (Princeton University)

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui (Kanaka Maoli) (Wesleyan University)
“Mobilizing Indigeneity: The Politics of Occupation in Settler Colonialism”

Kyle Mays (Black/Saginaw Anishinaabe) (University of California, Los Angeles)
“When Did Black Americans Lose Their Indigeneity?: Antiblackness, Indigenous Erasure, and the Future of Black-Indigenous Relations on Turtle Island”

Chadwick Allen (Chickasaw ancestry, not enrolled) (University of Washington)
“Going Global, Returning Local in Native American and Indigenous Studies”

1.00-2.00pm Lunch

2.00-3.30pm Ramapough-Lunaape Nation
Chief Dwaine Perry (Ramapough-Lunaape)
Owl / Steven Dennison Smith (Ramapough-Lunaape)
“Quiet Genocide”

3.30-4.15pm Break

4.15-5.30pm Reading at Princeton University Art Museum
Introduced by: Rachael DeLue (Princeton University)
Billy-Ray Belcourt (Driftpile Cree) (University of Alberta)
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Nishnaabeg)

Saturday April 6th
East Pyne 010

8.45-9.15am Breakfast and Welcome

9.15-11.00am Panel 3 | Reimaginings
Chair: Nicole Legnani (Princeton University)

Bernard Perley (Maliseet, Tobique First Nation) (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
“New World Disorders: It’s Time to Reimagine Indigenous North America”

Maggie McKinley (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe) (University of Pennsylvania)
“Federal Law as Paradigm Within Public Law”

Maya Mikdashi (Rutgers University)
“Archives, Alterity, Abundance: The Multiple Lives of Eliza Morrison”

11.00-11.15am Break

11.15am-1.00pm Panel 4 | Allyship
Chair: Tiffanie Hardbarger (Cherokee) (American Philosophical Society and Northeastern State University)

Kyle Powys Whyte (Potawatomi) (Michigan State University)
“Indigenous Justice and Settler Allyship: Why Conceptions of Time Matter”

Desiree Kane (Miwok)
“Indigenous Feminism on Movement Frontlines”

Megan Red Shirt-Shaw (Oglala Lakota) (University of Minnesota)
“Re-imagining Native Students in Undergraduate Admissions: An Indigenous Critique”

1.00-2.00pm Lunch

2.00-3.45pm Panel 5 | Resurgence
Chair: Candis Callison (Tahltan) (Princeton University and University of British Columbia)

Glen Coulthard (Yellowknives Dene) (University of British Columbia)
“Global Red Power”

John Little (Standing Rock Sioux) (University of Minnesota)
“The Sovereignty of Sound: The Power to Record Traditional Lakota and Dakota Music in the 1960s and 1970s”

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Nishnaabeg)
“As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance”

3.45-4.00pm Break

4.00-5.30pm Keynote
Chelsea Vowel (Lac Ste. Anne Métis) (University of Alberta)
“Law for the Apocalypse: O̶r̶d̶e̶r̶ ̶O̶u̶t̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶C̶h̶a̶o̶s̶ Kinship Out of Fracture”

5.30-6.00pm Closing Remarks
Sarah Rivett (Princeton University)

6.00-8.00pm Reception