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Lecture/Seminar Small Grounds: Intimate Domestic Geographies and Colonialism in British Columbia 2014-02-28 14:45:00

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Sarah de Leeuw, Associate Professor, Northern Medical Program, University of Northern British Columbia

Neo/colonialism in British Columbia, I argue in this paper, operates through the too frequently overlooked geographies of Indigenous homes and families, places often headed by single mothers and lived in by young children. Specifically, and drawing from more than ten years of qualitative research resulting in (amongst other data) expansive field notes and interviews with more than fifty people living and working the ‘front lines’ of child protection systems in Northern British Columbia, I argue that – contiguous with the violence of residential schooling and other micro-scale efforts to eliminate Indigenous peoples  – colonial power asserts itself most profoundly through intervention into and disruption of intimate, ‘tender’ (Stoler – 2001; 2006), embodied, and ‘visceral’ (Hayes-Conroy 2010) geographies.  Finally, drawing on feminist, anti-racist, and decolonizing theories, my arguments also respond to what I critique as dominant geographic discourses about colonialism in British Columbia being fundamentally tied to land, resources, and territory, discourses I critique both as profoundly masculinist in their erasure of Indigenous women’s and children’s ontologies and as problematically perpetuating Indigeneity as inherently tied to nature.

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Times 14:45:00 to 17:00:00

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