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Public Lecture with Professor J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University

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Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty and the Contradictions of Indigenous Self-Determination

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This talk offers an overview of the fraught politics of contemporary Hawaiian sovereignty claims with a focus on the contestation over indigeneity and independent statehood. The Hawaiian case is particularly instructive for showing both the possibilities and limitations of Indigenous political praxis within and against U.S. settler colonialism and imperialism. Exploring the ways Hawaiʻi is apprehended within conflicting paradigms for comprehending its hybrid status – simply seen as the 50th state under the domestic jurisdiction of the U.S. government, as an occupied independent kingdom, and as the homeland of an Indigenous people who are supposedly awaiting U.S. recognition as a Native Hawaiian Governing Entity - the lecture advances a critique of statist nationalism and prospects for non-statist decolonization.

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J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, is a Professor of American Studies and affiliate faculty in Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where she teaches courses on Indigenous studies, critical race studies, settler colonial studies, and anarchist studies. Kauanui is one of the six original co-founders of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), established in 2008. She also serves on the advisory board for the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI).

She is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press 2008) and Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty: Land, Sex, and the Colonial Politics of State Nationalism (Duke University Press 2018). She is also the editor of Speaking of Indigenous Politics: Conversations with Activists, Scholars, and Tribal Leaders (University of Minnesota Press 2018). Kauanui currently serves as a co-producer for an anarchist politics show called, “Anarchy on Air,” a majority-POC show co-produced with a group of Wesleyan students, which builds on her earlier work on another collaborative anarchist program called “Horizontal Power Hour.”

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