Indigenous Border/lands Symposium
March 9 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Cowell Ranch Hay Barn
The Peggy and Jack Baskins Presidential Chair of Feminist Studies in collaboration with the Indigenous Border/lands Collective present the “Indigenous Border/lands,” an exploration of the border/lands from the perspective of Indigenous peoples, scholars and activists across the Americas.
“Aa‘a Mat Tipaay Ak’wee, Bringing Her/Voice Back to the Land: Incomplete Repatriations in The Autobiography of Delfina Cuero” – Theresa Gregor, Kumeyaay from the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel and also Yoéme and an Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at California State University Long Beach. Dr. Gregor’s research focuses on California American Indian women, sovereignty, literary and cultural repatriation, and tribal cultural resiliency and revitalization. She is currently researching and co-editing two book-length projects: California Indian Women’ s Lives and Contributions and LandKeeping: Restoring Fire to the Land (with Jared Aldern). Her research focuses on California American Indian women, sovereignty, literary and cultural repatriation, and tribal cultural resiliency and revitalization. The challenges that Kumeyaay and their Payomkawichum relatives in San Diego, California, USA and Baja California, Mexico experience today, are in many ways extensions or outgrowths of the root problems Delfina Cuero personally survived in 1969. Issues such as, dispossession, disenfranchisement, and the depletion of critical food and cultural resources; social inequity, racism, gender violence, and indentured servitude; as well as disputes over land use and land tenure, particularly for the Kumeyaay whom the US/Mexico border crossed, all of which still exist between Native and non-Native communities in the region.
“Abolish Border Imperialism: Migration, Racial Capitalism and Empire” – Harsha Walia, author of Border and Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism (2022). Harsha Walia is a migrant justice activist and author whose work addresses how current migrant and refugee crises are the inevitable outcomes of conquest, capitalist globalization, and climate change, generating mass dispossession worldwide. This talk will situate the border within a global analysis of migration, displacement, racial capitalism, settler colonialism, and rising fascism globally, while emphasizing the urgent necessity of abolishing border imperialism through transnational solidarities.
This event is free and open to the public.
On March 10 interdisciplinary scholars from across the country will gather to consider the concept of borders and the borderlands from the perspective of Indigenous peoples from across the Americas. Presentations of their work across several symposium themes will result in publication of an Indigenous Borderlands journal in 2024. For information about this portion of the symposium, please contact Lisa Supple (firstname.lastname@example.org).