From Hawaiʻi to Palestine: Settler Colonialism, and the Politics of Occupation
4:20 pm, Jerome Greene Annex, 410 West 117th Street, April 4th, 2013
This presentation explores the connections between Palestine and Hawaiʻi - both vivid and violent cases of settler colonialism and occupation - with a focus on indigeneity and self-determination in relation to activism and international law.
J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where she teaches on colonialism, Native sovereignty and critical race studies. She earned her PhD in History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press, 2008), and is currently writing her second book, Thy Kingdom Come? The Paradox of Hawaiian Sovereignty, a critical study of gender, sexuality, and nationalism. She is one of six co-founders of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. Kauanui also works as producer and host of a public affairs radio program, “Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond,” and also collaborates on an anarchist politics radio show, “Horizontal Power Hour."