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AIS 503 A - Seminar in Indigenous Studies

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Research and writing seminar that offers special topics based on current research questions and concerns in American Indian and indigenous Studies and opportunities for graduate students who have made considerable progress in defining a research project to advance the research and writing to the next stage (e.g., to include as a thesis or dissertation chapter or for publication). Topics vary. Course Information: May be repeated as topic varies in subsequent semesters to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: AIS 501 and AIS 502, or consent of the instructor.

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Decolonial Love and Indigenous Literature: This seminar will explore figurations of decolonial love in Indigenous writing. Within this body of literature, decolonial love may describe intimate bonds between people; it may involve the embracing of two-spirit or indigiqueer identify, or the claiming of kinship connections that defy the privatizations of intimacy and forms of social reproduction characterizing modern life. In the archive assembled for this seminar, decolonial love not only describes love between people but also love of place, lands, and other-than-human worlds. Primary texts will include work by, Marie Clements, Annie Ross, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Tenille Campbell, Gwen Benaway, Tanya Tagaq, and Leanne Simpson, Secondary readings will cover work by artists and scholars including Tanaya Winder, Kim Tallbear, Margaret Kovach, and Robin Wall Kimmerer.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Fall


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