Conference Keynote: Dr. Vanessa Watts

Conference Highlights, Keynote Speakers

Reconciliation as the new frontier? Indigenous cosmologies, the state and the social

A century and a half of state-engineered colonization has produced a reconciliation discourse that relies on the state as a collaborator. Yet, Indigenous social systems and social movements continue to challenge statist efforts towards Indigenous erasure. This lecture will examine how reconciliation is oriented across competing interests and the ever solving of the Indian Problem.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Watts, McMaster University

Dr. Watts completed her undergraduate degree at Trent University, MA at the University of Victoria, and PhD in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University and teaches in areas of Contemporary Indigenous Issues, Residential Schools, Indigenous Sovereignty, Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Methodologies, and Indigenous Ontologies.

Tags: Indigenous Studies, Politics and Social Movements