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Generations, Indigenous Kin, and the Sexual Nexus

On March 30, 2017, the Gray/Wawro Lectures in Gender, Health and Well-being return with Dian Million, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington. Please join us at Rice University's Sewall Hall for a 5:30 pm reception before her 6:30 pm lecture, titled "Generations, Indigenous Kin, and the Sexual Nexus."  This event is free and open to the public. Please register below to ensure seating.  

A new genetic “frontier” emerges to usurp an older nexus of power where our indigenous are bodies read through race, gender, sex and power. As Kim TallBear has shown, the “genetic turn” in our times seeks the truth of the indigene at increasingly molecular levels. As indigenous peoples and women we have been known through intimate relations of power, and no less so today as indigenous women move beyond the hypersexualized readings of their bodies into “unexpected” places. Even as we push to acknowledge our oldest relations, our kinships exceed any “human” ones. We must resist remaining the abject subject of colonial settler imagination and data set: the murdered and missing in Canada or the victims of countless accounts of sex trafficking in the United States. Indigenous women lead in challenging the boundaries of what these readings of our raced, gendered and sexualized bodies hold in place at this time.

Million headshotDian Million (Tanana Athabascan) is the author of “Therapeutic Nations: Healing in an Age of Indigenous Human Rights” (University of Arizona Press, Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies Series, 2013) and essays including “Felt Theory: An Indigenous Feminist Approach to Affect and History,” “Intense Dreaming: Theories, Narratives and Our Search for Home” and “A River Runs Through Me: Theory From Life.” “Therapeutic Nations” is a discussion of trauma as a political narrative in the struggle for Indigenous self-determination in an era of global neoliberalism. Reading unprecedented violence against indigenous women and all women-identified people as more than a byproduct of global contention, Million argues that gendered violence is a nexus in the quicksilver transmutations of capitalist development.

Prior to the lecture in Sewall Hall, Room 309, a reception will take place in the Rice Gallery lobby of Sewall Hall from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  For our off-campus guests, we advise arriving early to allow time for traffic and parking. Sewall Hall is located on the Rice University campus, near entrances 1 and 2 off Main Street. Parking is available with credit card entry in the Founders Court Visitors lots and the Central Parking Garage.  West Lot 5 is also open as a paid visitor lot. For more information, visit http://www.rice.edu/maps.