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Mellon Forum: Indigenous Resistance and Anti-Colonial Critique of Environmental Justice

Jaskiran Dhillon, The New School; Candis Callison, Pathy Distinguished Visitor in Canadian Studies

March 27, 2019 · 12:00 pm1:15 pm · School of Architecture, South Gallery

Princeton Mellon Initiative

This presentation examines the critical interplay among settler colonialism, Indigenous resurgence, and the politics of climate justice. In the wake of a planet-wide movement riddled with idioms about “saving our home,” where the ground is fast-shifting and the fate of humanity’s collective future is at stake, there has been a tidal wave of interest in Indigenous knowledge(s) about the land, water, and sky—a desire to “capture and store” the intergenerational wisdom that speaks to the unpredictable path lying ahead. Still, limited attempts have been made to theorize how conquest and persistent settler colonial violence necessarily factor into debates over the environmental crisis—this, despite the creation of territories of material and psychic abandonment largely fueled by settlers and “settlement.”

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