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MARCH 2017
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Message from the Director

Dear friends of the AISC,

March is packed with exciting events! We especially want your attendance and feedback on the job talks. Please share your thoughts with me at or Chair of the search committee Ben Madley at

Thank you,

Shannon Speed
Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center

TOMORROW: [Job Talk] Black Belonging, Indigenous Sovereignty: The Intersections of Blackness and Indigeneity in Post-Rebellion Detroit, March 2, 2017
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Cornell Hall, Room D307, UCLA Anderson School of Management
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Presented by Kyle T. Mays, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Light refreshments will be provided.


From Colorblindness to White Nationalism?: Emerging Racial Formations in the Trump Era

Ninth Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium  
March 3, 2017
UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)

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Donald Trump's political rise has been marked, and fueled, by a resurgent and explicit white nationalism. This would have been significant even had he merely been nominated and come close to the presidency, rather than actually winning it. His victory, however, accelerates and deepens shifts in racial politics. Trump's ascent seems new insofar as open assertions of white identity—and supremacy—conflict with the nominal commitments to colorblind ideology previously asserted from the center-left to the right. Moreover, the pivot toward an intersectionally white, masculinist nationalism seems to have disrupted neoliberal orthodoxy with regard to government spending and market regulation, from infrastructure to trade. And yet, this new racial politics also has been cast as a reaction to "political correctness" and reflects continuity with the mobilization of white racial resentment against affirmative action and all forms of race conscious remediation, both staples of colorblind ideology. And critics long have argued that neoliberal politics already were deeply bound to racialized state violence.



Somos Piedras: Indigeneity, Feminicide, and Migration in Central American Art, March 8, 2017
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Founders' Room, UCLA James West Alumni Center

Presented by Dr. Kency Cornejo, Assistant Professor, Modern/Contemporary Latin American Art, University of New Mexico
To date Central America holds among the highest feminicide rates in the world, exceeding those in Mexico and other Latin American countries. Simultaneously, the repression and murder of indigenous environmental leaders is on the rise. Meanwhile, a wave of migrant Central American women and unaccompanied children continue to head north in search of refuge. This lecture will analyze contemporary art of Central America to discuss the underlying structures that connect Indigenous genocide, gender-based violence, and forced displacement for Central Americans. Through performance, video art, and other artistic interventions, this lecture explores how artists expose the traumas of war, neoliberalism, displacement, and repression of the female and indigenous body while condemning nations' complacency, placing Central America in both an artistic and broader socio-political context.
Refreshments will be available.
Hosted by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center. Co-sponsored by the UCLA Latin American Institute


A Conference on Race, Indigeneity, and Settler Colonialism

A Conference on Race, Indigeneity, and Settler Colonialism
In honor of the work of the late Patrick Wolfe
Thursday, March 09, 2017, 1 – 5:30 PM
Friday, March 10, 2017, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Room 1327
UCLA School of Law

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At a time of heightened awareness of the enduring challenges of race in America, this conference will highlight transnational insights on the historiography of race that have emerged from the study of settler colonialism. The similarities that connect the histories and displacements of indigenous populations from Hawaii and Australia to North America, South Africa and Brazil, are rarely connected to broader questions of race. Yet interdisciplinary study of indigenous peoples in the context of settler colonialism has given rise to important new scholarship on the operation of race as a conceptual category and as a structure of subordination.
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Institute of American Cultures
2017–2018 Research Grant Program in Ethnic Studies

The Institute of American Cultures (IAC) invites applications for support of research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os for 2017–2018. The Institute also invites proposals on interethnic relations that will increase collaboration between the Centers and/or between the Centers and other campus units.

Eligibility Requirements:
UCLA faculty, staff, graduate students, and IAC Visiting Scholars.
Funding: The Research Grant Program is on a reimbursement basis only. Funds for the purchase of permanent equipment will be provided only under exceptional circumstances. Conference travel, whether the applicant is presenting or attending, is not reimbursable.

Grant Period: July 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018.

Applications are available November 15, 2016 and must be received by 11:59 p.m., March 13, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified in May.
Prior to submission of the application, applicants should briefly discuss their proposal with the Coordinator of the appropriate Center, or in the case of interethnic proposals, with each applicable Center. All grant recipients, where appropriate, must comply with UCLA’s Protection of Human Subjects in Research before receiving funding.

To Apply: Application is available online at:

For further information and applications, please contact the IAC coordinator of the appropriate UCLA Ethnic Studies Research Center and visit our website at

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