Schedule of Events for Fall 2013

Theme: Native American & Indigenous Perspectives

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photo credit: Bill Gilbert

SEPTEMBER 23
1:00 p.m., The Gender Institute, The Commons, Room 207
Dr. Caroline Funk, Research Assistant Professor, UB Department of Anthropology

Dr. Funk is an archaeologist who works to understand the intersection of cultural landscapes/seascapes and the physical environment. She works within a broad socionatural theoretical approach that incorporates the influence of indigenous identities on their recursive negotiations with the natural environment. She is concerned that culturally mediated data from the Aleut archaeological record is being utilized in Northern climate change studies and active restoration ecology projects without a critical examination of the role of Aleuts in the formation of that record. Her collaborative research about the Aleut past and environmental history in the Western Aleutian Islands (Alaska) brings together data from archaeological analyses, oral- and ethnohistory, ethnography, oceanography, sea mammal demography, food web ecology, geology, geomorphology, and paleopalynology.

OCTOBER 2
6:30 p.m., Center for the Arts, Room 112 Auditorium:
Bill Gilbert Professor of Art & Ecology, Lannan Chair, University of New Mexico
Founder and Director of Land Arts of the American West Program
http://art.unm.edu/people/faculty/gilbert.bill.html

Bill Gilbert completed his undergraduate work in studio art at Swarthmore College and Pitzer College. He received his MFA from the University of Montana in 1978 and has served on the faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico since 1988 where he holds the Lannan Chair as director of the Land Arts of the American West program. Gilbert is co-founder of the new Art & Ecology emphasis in studio art. Gilbert has exhibited his place-based, mixed media installation and video works internationally since 1981. He has participated in collaborative projects resulting in exhibitions in US, Ecuador, the Czech Republic, and Canada. Gilbert received a Lila Wallace Arts International Grant in 1994 to work with the Quichua people of Ecuador and has curated numerous exhibitions and written essays regarding the work of indigenous artists from the US Pueblos, Juan Mata Ortiz, Mexico, and Pastaza, Ecuador.

OCTOBER 14
3:00 p.m., Center for the Arts, Room 112, Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Haudenosaunee and Native American Research Workshop
Dr. Jolene Rickard Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the American Indian Program, Cornell University
http://arthistory.cornell.edu/people/rickard.cfm

Jolene Rickard, Ph.D. is a visual historian, artist, and curator interested in the issues of Indigeneity within a global context. She is the Director for the American Indian Program at Cornell University and an associate professor in the History of Art and Visual Studies and Art Departments. Recent essays include “The Emergence of Global Indigenous Art” in Sakahan: International Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada, 2013, “Visualizing Sovereignty in the Time of Biometric Sensors,” in The South Atlantic Quarterly: Sovereignty, Indigeneity, and the Law, 110:2, Spring 2011, “Skin Seven Spans Thick,” in Hide: Skin as Material and Metaphor, NMAI: DC, 2010, “Absorbing or Obscuring the Absence of a Critical Space in the Americas for Indigeneity: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian,” in RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, No. 52, Autumn, 2007, and Rebecca Belmore: Fountain by Jolene Rickard and Jessica Bradley, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery, Canada, 2005.

Recent projects include; Advisor – “Sakahàn: 1st International Quinquennial of New Indigenous Art”, at the National Gallery of Canada in 2013, Cornell/Duke 54th Venice Biennale Dialogue (Italy) 2011, Banff Residency-Painter House Conversations (Canada) 2010, Te Tihi Scholar/Artist Gathering (New Zealand) 2010, Ford Foundation Research Grant, 2008-11 and co-curator for the inaugural exhibition for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.) 2004.
Jolene is from the Tuscarora Nation territories in western New York.

NOVEMBER 1
Friday, All day, 240 Student Union
Haudensaunee Research Symposium
Organized & sponsored by the Haudenosaunee & Native American Research Workshop

NOVEMBER 25
10:00 a.m., The Gender Institute, The Commons, Room 207
Dr. Alice Hovorka Associate Professor and Department Head, University of Guelph
http://www.uoguelph.ca/geography/people/faculty/hovorka.shtml

My research program broadly explores human-environment relationships and is theoretically informed by feminist, poststructuralist and posthumanist philosophical perspectives. I currently explore how animals shape human society. We cannot understand human affairs and relations without recognizing the ways in which animals are wrapped up with social constructions, organizations and dynamics. How do we think about animals? Where do we put them and where do they belong? How do we interact with them? Are these human-animal relations good, bad, otherwise? Chickens, donkeys, cattle, wild dogs and elephants in Botswana serve as case studies exploring the positionality of animals as influential actors.

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