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Unsovereign Abolition: Politics Without Claim by Jared Sexton

Modified: April 14, 2016

The Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies presents “Unsovereign Abolition: Politics without claim” by Jared Sexton on April 14 at 6:00pm, McCormick Foundation Center (3-119). This talk addresses the relationship between anti-racism and decolonization in the North American context. It argues that the logic of decolonization movements for indigenous sovereignty and against the settler states of Canada and the USA overlap the discursive field of contemporary post-racialism in ways that circumvent the challenges and possibilities offered by black radicalism in the historic instance. After engaging recent theoretical literature on settler colonialism, it is suggested that the freedom drive that abolishes slavery unsettles both colonial and decolonial forms of sovereign determination.

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