Hall Center For The Humanities


Roundtable Discussion

Roundtable discussion on indigenizing American Studies versus American Studies of "Indians"
Past Seminars : American Seminar

Wed., Apr. 21, 2004, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: Hall Center Conference Room
Roundtable Discussion
"Decolonization and Knowledge Transformation: A Dialogue with 'American' Studies"

Roundtable Discussion
April 21, 2004
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Hall Center Conference Room

As we entered the twenty-first century, the academy still was a principal site for the production and re-production of ideas that serve the ongoing colonization of territory, the earth's resources, communities, entire nations, and minds. Following in the footsteps of earlier scholars--people we might think of as the Northern Plains Elders of American Indian studies such as Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Vine Deloria, Jr., and Beatrice Medicine--Taiaiake Alfred's Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto (Oxford, 1999) and Linda Tuhiwai Smith's Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (Zed Books, 1999) have given readers inside and outside the academy much to consider. Many readers have embraced both books as bold, brilliant, and necessary statements about Indigenous decolonization and empowerment. They deserve much wider and more in-depth discussion. In this roundtable discussion centrally concerned with these two books and knowledge transformation through the signifying practices of "American" studies, we will focus on how to re-engage with the decolonizing process at the level of knowledge production in the academy. Knowledge transformation is an ongoing project worthy of attention from subscribers to a variety of fields of study as together we confront ongoing colonization perpetuated through global corporations, mass media communications, popular culture, and the state (including the academy) during the twenty-first century. How might we work indigenous disciplines into the inter- and trans-disciplinary space of "American" studies?

Advance reading for this roundtable includes:

Alfred, Peace, Power, Righteousness, pages xvi-39.
Smith, Decolonizing Methodologies, pages 1-18, 35-41 (part one) and 95-122 (part two)

For more information, please contact Professor Tony Clark by email at tyeeme@ku.edu or by telephone at 785-864-2307.
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