"Constituting Knowledge Across Cultures of Expertise and Tradition: Indigenous Bio-Scientists"

April 5, 2016
Kim TallBear

The Space and Sovereignty Humanities Institute Working Group and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) present:

Kim TallBear

Constituting Knowledge across Cultures of Expertise and Tradition: Indigenous Bio-Scientists

Thursday, April 7, 2016

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Physics Research Bldg., Room 1080

191 W Woodruff Ave, Columbus, OH 43210 

Kim TallBear is associate professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta where her work is dedicated to science, technology, environment, indigenous cultures, and governance. Dr. TallBear 's recent book Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science examines how genetic science is co-constituted with notions of race and indigeneity. More broadly, she studies the historical and ongoing roles of science and technology (technoscience) in the colonization of indigenous peoples and others. Yet because tribes and other indigenous peoples insist on their status as sovereigns, she is also interested in the increasing role of technoscience in indigenous governance. How do U.S. tribes and others resist, regulate, collaborate in, and initiate research and technology development in ways that support self-governance and cultural sovereignty? What are the challenges for indigenous peoples related to science and technology, and what types of innovative work and thinking occur at the interface of technoscience and indigenous governance?