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Jodi Byrd: “Fire & Flood – Settler Colonialisms & Pessimistic Indigenous Futurisms”
February 21, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Humanities 1, Room 210
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The Feminist Studies Department and CRES are pleased to partner with The Center for Cultural Studies to present this CULT Colloquium Series talk:
“Fire & Flood: Settler Colonialisms & Pessimistic Indigenous Futurisms”
Caught within the both/and of dystopic collapse, colonial fantasies of American futurities often reproduce themselves through nineteenth-century signs of the struggle for colonial dominance. This talk closely reads HBO’s Westworld alongside LeAnne Howe’s Indian Radio Days to consider how procedural elements of technological play produce dystopic visions of American collapse as the failure of indigenous futures.
Jodi Byrd is Associate Professor, English and Gender & Women’s Studies University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prof. Byrd is a Chickasaw decolonial thinker, writer, teacher, and video gamer. She is a faculty affiliate of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.