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SPRING 2019 



Wednesday, February 20 I 12:00-1:30pm

Crossing Paths: Graduate and Undergraduate Exchanges of Indigenous Research

Mary Lindeblad-Fry, MPP candidate, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

Sierra Timmons, senior, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley

554 Barrows Hall

Co-sponsored by: American Indian Graduate Student Association, American Indian Graduate Program, Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, Native American Student Development, Native American Studies, Indigenous and Native Coalition Recruitment and Retention Center, Graduate Assembly, and the ASUC.

Wednesday, February 20 I 12:00-1:30pm

Las Políticas Culturales en México y Latinoamérica (Cultural Politics in Mexico and Latin America)


Laura Gemma Flores Garcia, Director, Unidad Académica de Estudios de las Humanidades, University of Zacatecas, Mexico

En 1987 fue sacado a la luz un texto cuyo título era: Políticas culturales en América Latina. Lo coordinaban Néstor García Canclini y participaban: Guillermo Bonfil Batalla, José Joaquín Brunner, Jean Franco, Oscar Landi y Sergio Miceli. En los años 80 se planteaba la necesidad de trabajar conjuntamente Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Perú y Uruguay a través del Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO) y FLACSO en México. Esto era necesario pues eran los países que emergían de dictaduras. El grupo desarrollaba una investigación comparativa sobre las relaciones en política cultural y consumo cultural en Argentina, Brasil, Chile, México y Perú. La política cultural en los 80 no solo aparecía como recuento post gobierno, sino comenzaba a aparecer en los Planes de Desarrollo de estos países y descansaba en el análisis de la crisis de los modelos productivistas: keynesianos y marxistas. A treinta años de estas reflexiones es necesario plantear un  revisionismo de dichas políticas y remantizar el término de Cultura como el conjunto de procesos donde se elabora la significación de las estructuras sociales, se la reproduce y transforma mediante operaciones simbólicas. Con el reciente cambio político en México y las diásporas en Centroamérica, es pertinente analizar las políticas públicas insertas a través de la Secretaría de Turismo en México y el Plan de Desarrollo del nuevo Gobierno, centrándonos en sus posibles impactos en la población indígena y las culturas populares. 

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Sponsored by: Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

Co-sponsored by: Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues


Thursday, March 7 | 4:00-5:30pm

Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues Colloquia Series: 

Hegemonies of Language and Their Discontents: The Southwest North American Region Since 1540

Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez, ASU Regents' Professor; Presidential Motorola Professor of Neighborhood Revitalization; Founding Director Emeritus, School of Transborder Studies; Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change; Emeritus Professor of Anthropology of the University of California, Riverside

Spanish and English have fought a centuries-long battle for dominance in the Southwest North American Region, commonly known as the U.S.-Mexico transborder region. Covering the time period of 1540 to the present, the book provides a deep and broad understanding of the contradictory methods of establishing language supremacy and details the linguistic and cultural processes used by penetrating imperial and national states. He argues that these impositions were not linear but hydra-headed, complex and contradictory, sometimes accommodating and many times forcefully imposed.  Such impositions created arcs of discontent resulting in physical and linguistic revolts, translanguage versions, and multilayered capacities of use and misuse of imposed languages—even the invention of a locally-created trilingual dictionary. These narratives are supported by multiple sources, including original Spanish colonial documents and new and original ethnographic studies of performance rituals like the matachines of New Mexico. This unique work integrates the most recent neurobiological studies of bilingualism and their implications for cognitive development and language as it spans multiple disciplines. Finally, it provides the most important models for dual language development and their integration to the Funds of Knowledge concept—each contributing  creative contemporary discontents to monolingual impositions and approaches.

Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by: American Indian Graduate Student Association, Latinx Research Center, American Indian Graduate Program, Native American Studies, Native American Student Development

Tuesday, March 12 I 4:00-5:30pm

ISSI Graduate Fellows Program Colloquia Series:

When Did Black Americans Lose their Indigeneity?: Antiblackness, Indigenous Erasure, and the Future of Black-Indigenous Relations on Turtle Island

Kyle T. Mays (Black/Saginaw Anishinaabe), Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies & the American Indian Studies Center, UCLA

This talk will analyze moments of solidarity between Black and Indigenous peoples throughout U.S. history. It will also argue for a new way of thinking and talking about people of African descent on Turtle Island, and how this might look going forward.

Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way

Sponsored by: ISSI Graduate Fellows Program

Co-sponsored by: Joseph Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, Center for Research on Social Change, American Indian Graduate Student Association, American Indian Graduate Program, Native American Studies, Native American Student Development


Tuesday, April 2 I 11:30am 

Canadian Studies Colloquium

Restaurants and Reconciliation: The Representation of Indigenous Foodways in Canada

L. Sasha Gora, Visiting Scholar, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Why are there so few Indigenous restaurants in Canada? Toronto has over 8,000 restaurants, but until October 2016 only one offered Indigenous cuisine. Since then, three more have opened, and others across the country. By narrowing in on restaurants, L. Sasha Gora’s talk will survey the relationship between food and land in Canada and emphasize the historic role of food as both a weapon of assimilation and a tool of resistance. She will also discuss how contemporary Indigenous chefs are cooking a lot more than just dinner.

223 Moses Hall

Co-sponsored by: Joseph Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues

This event has been postponed; new date TBA

CRG Thursday Forum Series

Narratives of Progress and Protection, Contradiction and Refusal: Indigeneity, Gender and Citizenship

"Made For Your Benefit:" Protection, Prohibition and Refusal on Tohono O'odham, 1912-1934 -- Fantasia Painter, PhD Candidate in Ethnic Studies and Graduate Fellow, Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, UC Berkeley

Gender Progress as a Pillar of Mexico's Post-agrarian Citizenship -- Raquel Pacheco, President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz

691 Barrows Hall

Sponsored by: Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by: Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues

Location is wheelchair accessible and open to the public.

Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issue
The Myers Center is part of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues 
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University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-5670
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