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LECTURE SERIES: Kim TallBear, Inaugural Future Imaginary Speaker, Oct 14

Future Imaginary Lecture Series

Kim TallBear, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment, Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta

October 14, 2016, 6:30-8:00pm Concordia University SGW York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605 1515 Sainte-Catherine St. W. H3G 2W1 Metro Guy-Concordia

We live in an era of decimation dubbed the “anthropocene.” Settler-colonial states such as the US and Canada disproportionately consume the world. As we reconsider violent human practices and conceive of new ways of living with Earth in the face of a feared apocalypse, we must interrogate settler sexuality and family constructs that make both land and humans effectively (women, children, lovers) into property. Indigenous peoples—post-apocalyptic for centuries—have been disciplined by the state according to a monogamist, heteronormative, marriage-focused, nuclear family ideal that is central to the colonial project. Settler sexualities and their unsustainable kin forms do not only harm humans, but they harm the Earth. I consider how expansive Indigenous concepts of kin, including with other-than-humans, can serve as a provocation for moving (back? forward?) into more sustainable and just relations.

Dr. TallBear’s lecture is being generously co-sponsored by Hexagram, the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, and the Department of Geography, Planning and the Environment and its Graduate Students Association.

The Future Imaginary Lecture Series is organized by the Indigenous Futures research cluster of Milieux’s Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology. The series is supported by the Initiative for Indigenous Future Partnership, Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace, and the University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary.

Lectures are free and open to the public For more information, please visit

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