“Variations Under Domestication”: Indigeneity, Financialization, and the Logics of Dispossession – Dr. Jodi A. Byrd

Social Justice Institute
Noted Scholars Lecture Series

Dr. Jodi A. Byrd
“Variations Under Domestication”: Indigeneity, Financialization, and the Logics of Dispossession

Sept 21, 12-1pm
Rm 2012, Multipurpose Room
Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons
6445 University Boulevard, UBC


This event is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required to attend, only encouraged.

Abstract: We live in a moment completely saturated with neoliberalism’s intimate enthrallment with capital. It is a moment also defined by the enduring dispossessive logics of settler colonialism that continue to inform our relationships to space, bodies, and to each other. Drawing upon recent scholarship in critical ethnic studies, indigenous critical theory, and settler colonial studies, this talk close reads the popular science fiction series, Orphan Black, to consider how biopolitics and biocapital have converged in North America through the racial regimes inaugurated by settler colonialism.

This event is co-sponsored by the Indigenous Pedagogies Research Network.

Dr. Jodi A. Byrd is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and associate professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is also a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. She is the author of Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism (Minnesota, 2011). Her teaching and research focuses on issues of indigeneity, gender, and sexuality at the intersections of political studies, postcolonial studies, queer studies, and comparative ethnic studies. Her current manuscript in process, entitled Indigenomicon: American Indians, Videogames, and Structures of Genre, interrogates how the structures of digital code intersect with issues of sovereignty, militarism, and colonialism.