The Architecture of "Consent" & the Anatomy of "Refusal": Cases from North America and Australia

Thursday, Apr 27th, 2017 - 7:00 pm

W.L. Morton Lecture:

Dr Audra Simpson (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University )

The Architecture of "Consent" & the Anatomy of "Refusal": Cases from North America and Australia

This talk examines the ordered ghost of reason that shades notions of "consent" in historical cases from Indigenous North America and Australia with attention to the ways in which Indigenous life refused, did not consent to, and still refuses to be folded into a larger encompassing colonizing and settler colonial narratives of savagery, of failure, of diminishment. It is those narratives that inform the apprehension and at times, the ethnography and governance of Indigenous life and are pushed back upon in order to document, reread, theorize and enact ways out of the notion of a fixed past and settled present.

Audra Simpson is the author of Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States (Duke UP, 2014), winner of the Native American & Indigenous Studies Association's Best First Book in Native American & Indigenous Studies Prize, the Laura Romero Prize from the American Studies Association & the Sharon Stephens Prize from the American Ethnological Society (2015). She is co-editor of Theorizing Native  Studies (Duke University Press, 2014) & in 2010 won Columbia University's School for General Studies "Excellence in Teaching Award." She is a Kahnawake Mohawk.

Presented by: The School for the Study of Canada, the History Undergraduate Department, & Catherine Parr Traill College.

 The W.L. Morton Lecture is named in honour of W.L. Morton, the Canadian historian and former Master of Trent's Champlain College. All are welcome.    The School for the Study of Canada would like to recognize Trent's location in Peterborough or Nogojiwanong, in the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe.