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Guest Speaker: “Rethinking Sovereignty with Care and Relationality”, Shannon Speed (Director of American Indian Studies Center; Anthropology/Gender Studies/American Indian Studies, UCLA)

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT

In this public seminar, Dr. Speed will discuss recent reflections on the forms and meanings of sovereignty for Native peoples in the contemporary settler capitalist state, based on her research in the Chickasaw Nation.

Seminar Readings:

Dennison, Jean. (2017). “Entangled Sovereignties: The Osage Nation’s Interconnections with Governmental and Corporate Authorities.” American Ethnologist, 44(4), 684–696.

Simpson, Betasamosake Leanne.(2017). Chapter 11 in As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance. University of Minnesota Press.

Shannon Speed is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. She is Director of the American Indian Studies Center (AISC) and Paula Gunn Allen Chair and Professor, American Indian Studies/Gender Studies/Anthropology at UCLA. Speed has worked for the last two decades in Mexico and in the United States on issues of indigenous autonomy, sovereignty, gender, neoliberalism, violence, migration, social justice, and activist research. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in English and Spanish, as well as six books and edited volumes, including her most recent, Incarcerated Stories: Indigenous Women Migrants in the Settler Capitalist State. Speed currently serves as the Past President of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) and as Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Affairs at UCLA.

This lecture is part of the UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory (ECT) and the ECT Spring 2024 seminar on “Ternary Positionality: Relationality, Decoloniality, and Interpretation”, taught by Zrinka Stahuljak (Comparative Literature/ELTS).

The Spring 2024 ECT Seminar is generously sponsored by the Deans of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of Comparative Literature and the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI).

Register to attend via Zoom

Register to attend in Royce Hall 306


April 22
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT


Royce Hall 306