Space and Sovereignty Working Group

Co-leaders: Juno Parrenas ( and Noah Tamarkin (

This working group fosters interdisciplinary conversation on space and sovereignty. Our shared conceptual framework is the cross-disciplinary interest in how power is enacted, contested, and reconfigured in specific places, and how that specificity in turn expands humanistic understanding of sovereignty, biopower, and political ecology. This collaborative working group will foster intellectual community with meetings, alternating between works-in-progress workshops and discussions of recently published scholarship relating to space and sovereignty. Four public lectures from visiting scholars were and will be hosted over the course of two years (2015-2017). Along with the Ohio State University chapter of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, we co-sponsored a public lecture in April 2016 by Professor Kim TallBear, author of Native American DNA (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).

Autumn 2016 meetings will take place from 11 am – 1 pm in Hagerty Hall 455B on these dates: Oct 5, Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 30. Please RSVP to Juno Parrenas at one week in advance.