Indigenous and Decolonial Practices and Imaginaries Symposium at the Huntington Library

Indigenous and Decolonial Practices and Imaginaries Symposium

Indigenous and Decolonial Practices and Imaginaries Symposium


















This one-day symposium will bring together local scholars from multiple academic institutions concerned with research around indigeneity and decolonization. This symposium makes an effort to bridge the work that faculty and students are doing at USC with the work being done at UCLA, UCR, Occidental College, and UCSD. A number of local students and faculty will be joining us in a field-building event that will help move our own academic work forward while also engaging critical tensions between the inter-disciplinary fields of Native American Studies, Decolonial Feminisms, Latina/o Studies, Indigenous Studies, Settler Colonial Studies, Transpacific Studies, and so forth.

All are welcome. Please spread the word!

Dr. Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez will be the keynote speaker.


Indigenous and Decolonial Practices and Imaginaries Symposium
April 6, 2015
The Huntington Library

10-10:30AM coffee, tea, and snacks

10:30-10:50AM Welcome by Matt Hooley, Visiting Fellow, UCLA Institute of American Cultures/American Indian Studies Center

11-12:15 Panel 1 Indigeneity and Decolonization Across Geographies

Moderator: Maylei Blackwell, UCLA
Making Indigenous Theory through Contemporary Maya Women’s Theater in Guatemala, Gloria Chacon, UCSD
“Does That Make Me A Triple Queer”?: Chicana Feminism, Sexuality, and Spirituality in Carla Trujillo’s What Night Brings, Cecilia Caballero, USC
Construction as Commemoration: Memorializing Violence through West Bank Settlement Construction, Sara Hughes UCLA
Indigenous Presence at the Global Stage of the Venice Biennale, Nancy Marie Mithlo, Occidental College

12:15-12:45 Lunch

1-2 Keynote, Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez
“Borderlands Histories of Indigenous Exclusion” followed by Q&A

2-3:15 Panel 2 Challenging the Archive: Epistemologies of Islandness and Indigeneity in the Pacific

Moderator: Maile Arvin, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, UCR
Disrupting the Liberation of Land Narrative: Chamorro Land Stewardship and Military Land Taking on Guam, 1941-1972, Alfred Peredo Flores, UCLA
Oceanscapes of Life: Island Epistemology and Settler Kuleana/Responsibility,
Rebekah Garrison, USC
Theorizing the Pō: Genealogy and the Racial Production of the Kanaka Maoli State in Victoria Nālani Kneubuhl’s “Hoʻoulu Lāhui”, Joyce Pualani Warren, UCLA
Decolonial Possibilities: The Politics of California Indian and Native Hawaiian Relations, Kehaulani Vaughn, UCR

3:15-3:30 Closing

We will be providing lunch for a limited number of attendees if they RSVP for the event. Please RSVP at with your name and RSVP in the subject of the email.

After the conclusion of the symposium at the Huntington library, we invite all participants to attend a memorial service this evening for our beloved colleague Professor Maria Elena Martinez from 4:00PM to 6:30PM at Doheny Memorial Library, University of Southern California.

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