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August 25-28, 2005
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Description of Event

This interdisciplinary conference foregrounds the theoretical and practical engagements with indigenous feminism by a community of international scholars and community activists. Canada and the United States are a major focus for discussions about indigeneity and feminism, with comparative analyses offered by scholars from Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Uzbekistan, and Bangladesh.


"Indigenous Women and Feminism: Culture, Activism, Politics" brings together scholars and community members concerned with conceptualizing theories and practices of indigenous feminism. Panels address topics that include the roles of indigenous women in the academy, the intersections of research and political practice, and the ideologies and material processes of colonization in "settler-colony" countries. Presenters have interpreted "indigeneity" and "feminism" as broadly as possible in order to achieve a dialogue that is necessarily interdisciplinary, international, and inclusive of scholars and graduate students from a wide range of disciplines. These include law, literature, philosophy, history, film, political science, art history, education, and anthropology.


Sessions will take place in the Stollery Business Centre, 5th Floor, School of Business, and in the Humanities Centre L-1, University of Alberta.


The Indigenous Women and Feminism Conference has been generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; the Office of the Vice-President (Research); the Faculty of Arts; the Office of Human Rights' Employment Equity Discretionary Fund; the Women Writing Reading Program; the Canada Research Chair: Department of English and Film Studies; the School of Native Studies; the Departments of English and Film Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and Women's Studies; and by the Alberta ACADRE Network.