Book Talk: The Making of Indigeneity, with Ligia López López

| April 4, 2018

Description: Title: The Making of Indigeneity, Curriculum History, and the Limits of Diversity

Confirmation status: Confirmed

Monday, April 16, 2018  / 3rd Floor Russell Hall – 305 / 4:00PM – 5:00PM


In The Making of Indigeneity, López interrogates how what is “indigenous,” as a category of diversity, emerged, has been made, re-made, and is taken up to fund discourses of multiculturalism and intercultualism. Through historical and ethnographic classroom research, López devices event-alizing as a methodological approximation to educational research at the limits of “the educational” to interrogate how liberal and progressive propositions for educating the “Indian” generate particular ways of organizing difference ostensibly meant to serve historically marginalized indigenous peoples. Asking questions of the historical and scientific involvement of anthropology, sociology, law, photography, and education in the making of indigenous as a kind of people, López accounts for the aspirations, activities, and tactics that perpetuate violence on indigenous lives limiting their futurity as un-fixed beings. Formulating a (non)conclusion in the need to stay with the trouble, writing back, speaking poetry that rejects the colonial in the scientific, and occupying the image archive becoming exhibit becoming manifestación/resistance, The Making of Indigeneity offers unsettling propositions.

Ligia (Licho) López López is McKenzie Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Melbourne –Australia. Her research interests are interrogating diversity, visual studies of difference, youth popular culture, post-foundational avenues to educational inquiry, and Black and Brown affect as Trans-Formation.