The Indigenous Border/lands

February 10, 2023


March 9, 2023 || UCSC Cowell Ranch Hay Barn  

Join us for an exploration of the border/lands from indigenous perspectives across the Americas.

Presented by the Peggy & Jack Baskin Presidential Chair for Feminist Studies                                                         in collaboration with the Indigenous Border/lands Collective   


4pm :: Theresa Gregor

Aa‘a Mat Tipaay Ak’wee, Bringing Her/Voice Back to the Land: Incomplete Repatriations in "The Autobiography of Delfina Cuero"

Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at California State University Long Beach, Dr. Gregor is Kumeyaay from the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel and also Yoéme. Her research focuses on California American Indian women, sovereignty, literary and cultural repatriation, and tribal cultural resiliency and revitalization. 
6pm :: Harsha Walia
Abolish Border Imperialism: Migration, Racial Capitalism and Empire
Harsha Walia is a migrant justice activist and the author of Border and Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist NationalismHer work addresses how current migrant and refugee crises are the inevitable outcomes of conquest, capitalist globalization, and climate change, generating mass dispossession worldwide.
Free and open to the public. To attend virtually, please register HERE

Indigenous Borderlands Symposium - March 10, 2023

Invited guests only (open to UCSC faculty/students upon request)
On Friday, March 10, interdisciplinary scholars from across the country will gather for a day-long, closed-session symposium to consider the concept of borders and the borderlands from the perspective of Indigenous peoples from across the Americas. Presentations across several symposium themes will result in publication of an Indigenous Borderlands journal in 2024. See the symposium schedule. If interested in attending any or all of the panels, please contact Lisa Supple ( Seating is limited. 
9:10am Opening: Val Lopez and the Indigenous Borderlands Collective
9:30-11am: Trans-Indigenous Struggles at Borders

Chad Allen (U of Washington), “Stars, Rivers, Seasons: Rethinking Borderlands through Indigenous Earthworks”

Carlos Alonso Nugent (Yale Univ), “Imagined Environments in the US–Mexico–Apache Borderlands”

Felicity Amaya Schaeffer (UCSC), “Unsettling Setter Space Wars from the Tohono O’odham ‘Border’ Desert”

Amrah Salomón-Johnson (UCSB)

11-12:30pm: Rethinking Chicanx/Mexico Borders

Roberto Hernandez (SDSU), “De-Indigenization and the Epistemic and Cartographic Prison of Modernity/Coloniality”

Brian Klopotek (U of Oregon), “The Gulf Between Us: Teaching US Indigenous Studies in Mexico.”

Celia Herrera Rodriguez (UCSB)

Susy Zepeda (UCD)

 1:30-3pm: Indigenous Movements against Settler Carcerality

Renya Ramirez (UCSC), “Native Women of the Alcatraz Occupation: Big Rock School and Remaking Carceral Space into Decolonial Space”

Monisha Das Gupta (U of HI, Manoa), “Deportation as Settler Carcerality: Oceanic Epistemologies of Migration”

Leti Volpp (UCB): “Border Law, Criminality and Indigenous Sovereignty”

Maylei Blackwell (UCLA)

3-4:30pm: Indigenous Homelands

Val Lopez (Amah Mutsun tribal band) and Beth Haas (UCSC emeritus): "California Missions from an Amah Mutsun perspective"

David Martinez (AZ State Univ), “Elder Brother’s Divided Home: An Indigenous Perspective on US-Mexico Border Relations.”

Fantasia Painter (UCI), “Emplacing the U.S.-Mexico Border in Indigenous Worlds, Notes from O’odham Jeved”

4:30-5:30pm: Closing Reflections

 The Indigenous Borderlands Collective