Indigenous Lands, Resisting Sexualities in Abiayala
Thursday, April 18 – Friday, April 19
This conference will engage conversations at the intersections between indigeneity, bodies, and sexualities as they interweave into struggles against ongoing land dispossession and colonialism in what is known today as the Americas or Abiayala—a Kuna term to name the region as well as its North/South continental linkages.
Although issues of land and sexualities are often considered separately, our conference will focus on how they may intersect and can enrich discussions on non-heteronormative sexual politics, Indigenous land liberation, and decolonization.
Indigeneity in relation to land is a widely debated topic. We build from this important foundation but center on Native LGBTQI+ individuals and communities who are often dismissed in hegemonic “Indigenous” politics, and vice versa. The conference will also include invited artists, activists and senior scholars from different nations of Abiayala and across the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
We will gather to imagine the possibility of a liberatory, non-compulsory sexual politics as a critical dimension for any horizon of decolonized life.
From a transtemporal and transnational perspective, it is our hope that this interdisciplinary conference generates intersections among Critical Indigenous Studies, LGBTQI+ studies, gender and sexuality studies, environmental and/or earth studies, the creative arts, and the multiple Indigenous activisms on non-heteronormative and anti-patriarchal sexual and cultural politics in Abiayala as a transhemispheric Native or Indigenous notion of space/continent.
The conference is methodologically organized and arranged engaging Indigenous principles of conversation, collaboration, and communal relations. Within this framework, the event will be organized as a series of panels, workshops, circles of conversation, and artistic presentations followed by open, interactive dialogues.
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Carlos Ramos-Scharrón, Associate Professor, Geography & the Environment, Latin American Studies
Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Timothy Beach, William E. Doolittle (Emeritus), Rebecca
Torres, and Kenneth Young — Geography and the Environment
Megan Raby — History
C.J. Álvarez — Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
David Eaton — LBJ School of Public Affairs
Miriam Solís — School of Architecture
Simon Brandl — Marine Science Institute
Khytie Brown — Religious Studies
Cindia Arango, Pablo Millalén, and Luciana Barreto-Lemos — LLILAS PhD Program
Pedro Valdez Castro — LLILAS MA Program
Nadia Mosquera Muriel, PhD — Postdoctoral fellow, Geography & the Environment, Women’s & Gender Studies
León Staines Díaz — Community and Regional Planning PhD Program
Blaise Murphy, William Pratt, Byron Smith, and Elybeth Alcantar — Geography PhD Program
Lara Sánchez — Anthropology PhD Program
Wilfredo Burgos-Matos, Yenibel Ruíz Mirabal, and Diego de Jesús Santos — Spanish and Portuguese PhD Program
Nadia Issa — Religious Studies PhD Program
Paloma Diaz-Lobos, Asst. Director of Scholarly Programs & Faculty Liaison, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections