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Public Lecture with Kim TallBear
Public Lecture with Kim TallBear
WhenWednesday, Apr. 24, 2019, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Campus room120
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsThe Graduate School, Department of Anthropology, Comparative History of Ideas

Why is Sex a “Thing”? Making Good Relations for a Decolonial World

Settler-colonial states like the US and Canada developed along with theories of what is “natural” and faith in private property. Both concepts were and continue to be violent toward Indigenous peoples, people of African descent, women, children, the differently abled, queer people, and others. What is deemed to be natural and who gets to control that aims to keep often straight, white, property-owning men on top. Nature and property are key to how settler society conceptualizes and manages sexuality. Kim TallBear, also known as the Critical Polyamorist, explains how the very notion of sexuality like the idea of nature makes webs of relations into objects to be controlled. She draws on Indigenous ideas to offer alternative ideas for disaggregating this thing we call sex into practices of being in “good relation.” Ironically, a more sex-liberated society is a society in which we create more consensual and better “sex” without necessarily calling it sex at all.…
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