Conference 2021

42nd American Indian Workshop – “The Sovereign Erotic”

Provisional programme

Monday 12th July

Session 1 – Contemporary Queer Poetics

5pm EEST (=7am PST)

Chair: Matt Kliewer

  • Danne Jobin - Relationality in 2SQ/trans* Indigenous poetics
  • Ho'esta Mo'e'hahne - Queer Indigenous Ecologies, Sensations, and Nourishing Foodways
  • Julia Siepak - ‘space left unbodied’: The Poetics of Space and the Sovereign (Eco)Erotic in Arielle Twist’s Disintegrate/Dissociate

Session 2

7pm-8pm EEST (=9am-10am PST)

Introduction: Renate Burchfield

Keynote address from Chrystos (title tbc)

Session 3 – Reclamations of the Erotic

8:30pm EEST (=10:30 am PST)

Chair: Bryn Skibo-Birney

  • Barbara Schellhammer - Reading Split Tooth – A spiritual journey entering a world of abuse, natural powers, affectionate friendship and bodily sensations
  • Cécile Heim - Invoking Deer Woman: The Indigenous Feminist Politics of Storytelling in Franci Washburn’s Elsie’s Business
  • Tanja Grubnic - Social Media and Sovereignty: Tenille Campbell’s #IndianLovePoems

 

Tuesday 13th July

Session 1 – Queering Genres

5pm EEST (=7am PST)

Chair: Renata Burchfield

  • Channette Romero - Sacred Erotics in Two-Spirit and Queer Indigenous Futurism
  • Bethany Webster-Parmentier - Romancing the Wolf: Demonsterizing the Erotic in Empire of Wild
  • Ashley Morford - Cyberspace as a (Sovereignly Erotic) Indigenous Territory in Joshua Whitehead’s full-metal indigiqueer

Session 2

7pm-8pm EEST (=9am-10am PST)

David Stirrup in conversation with Andrea Carlson

Session 3 – Visual cultures

8:30pm EEST (=10:30 am PST)

Session moderator: Shelley Saggar

  • Denise Low – Erotic Presence in Ledger Art
  • Aurélie Journée-Duez - Indigenous Women and Queer Artists facing their image: For an intersectional and decolonial History of Contemporary Native Arts in the US and Canada (1969-2019).
  • Quentin Ehrmann-Curat - A conspicuous absence? Representations of sexuality in Northwest Coast Art
  • Deanne Grant - Erotic Art as A Material Cultural Representation of Indigenous Decolonial Sexuality

 

Wednesday 14th July

Session 1 – Roundtable Honouring the Literary, Political, and Erotic Work of Chrystos

5pm EEST (=7am PST)

  • Patrizia Zanella
  • Laura De Vos
  • Kai Minosh Pyle
  • Lindsay Nixon

Session 2 – AIW Business Meeting and Journal Discussion

7pm-8pm EEST (=9am-10am PST)

Session moderator: AIW committee

Session 3 – Theorizing the Erotic

8:30pm EEST (=10:30 am PST)

Chair: David J. Carlson

  • Scott Andrews - Jouissistance: Jouissance, Survivance, and Native Eroticism
  • Ionah Scully - Love Notes with the Land: Two Spirit Stories of Other-than-Human Relationships
  • José Ventura Alegría Hernández - ars erotica and scientia sexualis in “Tatterborn’

  

Thursday 15th July

Session 1 – "History as Prelude": The Legacy of Steve Russell (Roundtable)

5pm EEST (=7am PST)

  • Thomas Jacobs
  • David Carlson
  • John Berry
  • Franci Taylor

Session 2

7pm-8pm EEST (=9am-10am PST)

Introduction: Ho’esta Mo’e’hahne

Keynote Address: Tiffany Lethabo King (title tbc)

Session 3 – Pornographies

8:30pm EEST (=10:30 am PST)

Chair: Laura de Vos

  • Geary Hobson - Skins in Skin Flicks
  • James Mackay and Polina Mackay - Native American Representation in Internet Pornography

 

Friday 16th July

Session 1 –

5pm EEST (=7am PST)

Chair: Ashley Caranto Morford

  • Chelsea Fritz - “Visions of Lust and Love and Pleasure”: Reading Sex-Positivity and the Erotic Self in Campbell’s #IndianLovePoems
  • Rebecca Macklin - “Utopia as a rallying cry”: Care and kinship in Contemporary First Nations Writing
  • June Scudeler - “You Can’t Be an NDN in Today’s World:” Tommy Pico’s Queer NDN Epic Poems

Session 2

7pm-8pm EEST (=9am-10am PST)

DiscoverText: Workshop in researching Indigenous and Queer content via microblogging

Session 3 – Connections across time and language

8:30pm EEST (=10:30 am PST)

Chair: Danne Jobin

  • Alicia Carroll - “Twins Twisted into One”: Recovering a Sovereign Erotic in Sun Chief: The Autobiography of a Hopi Indian
  • Tadeusz Lewandowski - Zitkala-Ša on Sexual Relations
  • Malou Brouwer - Crossing languages, transcending boundaries: eroticism as a connecting factor in Indigenous poetry in French and in English

  

Saturday 17th July

Session 1 – Performing and Documenting Sexuality

5pm EEST (=7am PST)

Chair: Rebecca Macklin

  • Elena Cortés Farrujia - In the Name of Love: Queering Relationships in Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots by Monique Mojica
  • Georges de Medts - Alternative Indigenous Narratives and Gender Constructions in Sherman Alexie’s The Business of Fancydancing (2002) and Sydney Freeland’s Drunktown’s Finest (2014)
  • Kamelia Talebian Sedehi - A Chance to Testify in Sleeping Children Awake

Session 2

7pm-8pm EEST (=9am-10am PST)

Keynote Address: Lisa Tatonetti, "An Erotics of Responsibility"

Introduction: James Mackay

Session 3 – Appropriations

8:30pm EEST (=10:30 am PST)

Chair: Ionah Scully

  • Parin Somani - Attempted cultural appropriation of the erotic self on the Indigenous peoples of North America
  • Adam Nemmers - Eroticism and Exoticism in Native American Sexual Stereotypes
  • Emerson Parker Pehl - Two Spirit Expropriation: The Decontextualization of Indigenous Sexuality, Spirituality, and Sovereignty to Validate Settler/Colonialist Gender Non-Conformity