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31. Colonial Violence, Indigenous Feminisms, and Sovereignty

Thursday, 5 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 612, WSCC

A special session

Presiding: Janis A. Johnson, Univ. of Idaho

Speakers: Laura J. Beard, Texas Tech Univ.; Inés Hernández-Ávila, Univ. of California, Davis; Christina A. Roberts, Seattle Univ.; Leah Sneider, New Mexico Highlands Univ.; Erin Wedehase, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro

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Session Description:

We consider the ways Indigenous women writers articulate the epidemic of patriarchal colonial violence and femicide Native women experience. How do these writers imagine decolonization and healing? These literatures have a direct correlation to Native communities and to readers who may not appreciate the complexities of Native life and struggles for survival.


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Cultural Studies, Folklore, and Popular Culture

  • American Literature – General

  • American Literature – Twentieth and Twenty-First Century

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