ES @UCSD Colloquia Present: Ice Geographies: Race, Indigeneity, and Coloniality (Dr. Jen Rose Smith)
In this talk, I will trace out how scientific and cultural imaginaries of ice landscapes have shaped and informed processes of racialization in the Arctic and specifically in Alaska around the time of its purchase from Russia in 1867. I will examine how historical processes of racialization have enacted dispossession of land and territory for Indigenous peoples in the Arctic, and continue in ongoing forms.
Dr. Jen Rose Smith (dAXunhyuu [Eyak, Alaska Native]) is an assistant professor in the Geography Department and American Indian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She serves on an all-Native women advisory board for the Eyak Cultural Foundation, a non-profit that organizes annual language and cultural revitalization gatherings and directs a Cultural Mapping Project in their homelands of Eyak, Alaska. Smith is an editor at the journal ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies. She was a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Davis, and will be an ACLS Fellow next academic year.