“Regenerative Refusals: Against the Logic of Possession Through Whiteness in Hawai`i and Polynesia” – Dr. Maile Arvin

The Social Justice Institute
Noted Scholars Series

Pacific Dialogues Series

Dr. Maile Arvin
Assistant Professor, History and Gender Studies, University of Utah

“Regenerative Refusals:
Against the Logic of Possession
Through Whiteness in Hawai`i and Polynesia

October 4, 12-1pm
Room 1099, Buchanan Tower (10th Floor)
1873 East Mall, UBC


All events are free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required to attend, only encouraged.

Settler colonialism in Hawai`i and Polynesia more broadly has long been fueled by a logic of possession through whiteness. In the logic of possession through whiteness, both Polynesia (the place) and Polynesians (the people) become exotic, feminized possessions of whiteness. This talk looks at how that settler colonial functions as well as how Native Hawaiian and other Polynesian artists and activists have refused this logic and worked to regenerate Indigenous life.

Maile Arvin is a Native Hawaiian feminist scholar and an assistant professor of History and Gender Studies at the University of Utah. Her work has been published in the journals American Quarterly, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, The Scholar & Feminist, and Feminist Formations.

PACIFIC DIALOGUE SERIES: Recognising UBC’s location on Unceded Musqueam lands this series creates space for reflection on and dialogue about the peculiarities of the Pacific Rim as a colonial context. As a settler colonial nation Canada shares with a number of other states in the Pacific region the history of dispossession and oppression that has been inflicted upon Indigenous peoples, nations and communities.

Academics, artists, and activists from the Pacific Rim share will their work in a variety of ways, designed as opportunities to reflect upon and converse about the similarities and differences in the operation of colonial and racial violence onto indigenous and communities of color as well as the modalities of violence deployed on gender, sexual, differently abled and other social subaltern subjects.