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Unsettled: Lessons on Power and Refusal from Standing Rock, with Anthropology Ph.D. Candidate, Nestor Silva.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, November 7, 2018. 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Boardroom
Workshop: 
Concerning Violence: A Decolonial Collaborative Research Group
Meeting Description: 

Please join us for a conversation with anthropology PhD candidate, Nestor Silva, who will be presenting his recent research on the space around the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing at Lake Oahe, North Dakota. Using archival and ethnographic data, he describes unsettled postcolonial space--particularly its Military and Indian Reservations and the #NoDAPL camps--as a nexus of Indigenous refusal (Simpson 2014) that has shaped settler government in the United States across spatial and temporal scales. He argues that thinking with refusal may help further integrate "political interest propelled by the colonial wound" (Mignolo 2011: 133) into canonical, and current, approaches to power.

Nestor Silva is a PhD candidate in the Stanford Anthropology Department.

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