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Ethnic Studies


Encased Encounters

Event Start DateThursday, November 8, 2012
UC Exhibit hall
Event Start Time12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CostCost: free

What does it mean to decolonize across borders? What might this process look like? Drawing on Chela Sandoval and Qwo-Li Driskill, this talk applies their respective notions of differential oppositional consciousness and decolonization to an analysis of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) as it attempts to decolonize across borders.

The central purpose of this talk is to bring to bear an understanding of differential decolonization, which requires its practitioners to recognize how they have been differentially positioned against power and, furthermore, to acknowledge how and when efforts to decolonize may result in the re-colonization of another already marginalized group. While many populations have suffered unique forms of colonial oppression, what people seem to share is a common understanding of the importance community support and cultural continuity has to continued survival and resilience in the face of struggle.

This talk examines how the strength of alliances may not always be built on sameness, but perhaps can be built off of differences.

Maria Teresa Ceseña, is a lecturer in the departments of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego as well as the University of California, San Diego. She earned her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UCSD. Her research examines transnational decolonization movements, U.S. and Mexican Indigeneity, and represents a critical shift among ethnic studies scholars from diverse backgrounds to engage productive dialogues with Native and Indigenous studies. Her most recent publications include a forthcoming article in Comparative American Studies: An International Journal titled “Hemispheric Visions and Border Divisions: Differential Decolonizations at the U.S. National Museum of the American Indian,” and a creative essay titled “The Turtle Caught in the Fire” within ¡Ban This! The BSP Anthology of Xican@ Literature, published by Broken Sword Publications, LLC (2012). "


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