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Anti-colonial / Decolonial Science in Practice

Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 5:00pm

Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Indigenous feminist STS scholar Kim Tallbear and feminist STS scholar Tanía Peréz-Bustos will discuss how scientific research methods can align with or against ongoing coloniality by reflecting on their decolonial/anti-colonial science studies practices. They will be joined by fellow research colleagues, Isabel González Arango and Rick Smith, for this roundtable virtual conversation.  

Kim TallBear is Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment. She is building a research hub on Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society.

Rick Smith is a biocultural anthropologist studying how colonialism and imperialism in the Americas impact people's DNA and the landscapes we live in. Rick is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University interested in genomics, epigenomics, ancient DNA, and power and inequality. 

Tanía Perez-Bustos is the co-founder of Artesanal Tecnológica and is a faculty member at the School of Gender Studies at the National University of Colombia. She is interested in transdisciplinary work from which to explore methodologies that enable transformative research and pedagogies.

Isabel González Arango is an anthropologist and tejedora. Her research interests revolve around textile making and pedagogies and their relationship with the armed conflict in Colombia. Isabel also accompanies the Costurero de Tejedoras por la Memoria de Sonsón, an initiative that fosters collective memory strategies through weaving and embroidery as language, dialogue, and healing.

This is the third in a four part series exploring the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities' annual topic Listening for the Anthropos-not-seen, directed by Dr. Kristina Lyons. For more information, see: Penn Program in Environmental Humanities