Decolonizing Research: A Conversation with Indigenous Scholars

February 2, 2022
Doheny Memorial Library

Decolonizing Research: A Conversation with Indigenous Scholars

DATE: Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 6 p.m.

LOCATION: Doheny Memorial Library (DML), Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, DML 240

Admission is free. Reservations required. Please check back to RSVP.

When we conduct research, we’re searching for answers that matter. Who produces the research we rely on? Who determines what is important to research, what topics deserve to be researched, and who researches it?

This crucial roundtable discussion will address the fraught relationship between indigenous knowledge and scholars and the academic and cultural institutions that have often erased, co-opted, and excluded them. The panel of leading indigenous scholars will describe how research shapes Native peoples’ paths through academia and address their complicated history with systems of information and education.

About the panelists:

Chris Finley (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a Native Studies professor at USC Dornsife. Her research, writing, and teaching critique how dominant U.S. popular culture sexualizes Native bodies as culturally and, therefore, racially unable to conform to white heteroreproductive norms.

Rebecca Hernandez (Mescalero/Warm Springs Apache) directs the American Indian Resource Center at UC Santa Cruz. Her work focuses on the retention of Native students and developing programs that promote a better understanding of American Indian culture(s) and life at the university.

Loriene Roy (Anishinabe, enrolled on the White Earth Reservation, and a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe) is a professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas, Austin. Her writing, research, and service are centered on indigenous cultural heritage development.

Shawn Wilson (Opaskwayak Cree Nation) is an associate professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. He applies indigenous research methodologies into applied indigenous community contexts, including the revitalization of traditional methodologies and practices.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Elizabeth Galoozis (USC Libraries).