It's Andrea Smith weekend, beginning today when the scholar-activist speaks from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the University of Arizona Student Union Copper Room, delivering the 2013 Miranda Joseph Annual Endowed Lecture.
In "Surviving and Thriving in Academia as a Scholar-Activist: A Conversation with Andrea Smith," she shares her experiences on integrating activism and scholarship, getting through the tenure process and creating supportive spaces. According to the LGBT Institute, the event is open to all, but especially geared toward graduate students and junior faculty.
At the Center for Creative Photography Auditorium, 1030 N. Olive Road, Smith will discuss "Against Ethnographic Entrapment: Queering the Politics of Settler Self-Reflexivity," from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There will be a reception from 7 to 8 p.m. at the west lobby/patio of the UA School of Music.
Smith's talk "will focus on how Native peoples are situated in a position of ethnographic entrapment within academia and activism. Borrowing from Rey Chow, the only rhetorical position offered to the Native is that of the 'protesting ethnic': if we complain eloquently, the system will give us something. Building on Chow's work, the talk will then explore how another posture created within this economy is that of the self-reflexive (settler) subject. These self-reflexive subjects are frequently on display at various anti-racist venues in which they explain how much they learned about their complicity in settler colonialism and/or white supremacy because of their exposure to Native peoples. The subjectivity of the self-reflexive subject is reaffirmed against the foil of the 'oppressed' people who provide the occasion for this self-reflection. The talk concludes by exploring alternatives to self-reflexivity for anti-racist/anti-colonial thought and practice that emerge from the intersections of queer and indigenous studies."
On Friday, hosted by Tucson's MalintZINE, the self-described "online 'zine by radical women, queer and people of color," Smith's lecture is "Accountability is Decolonial," at the John Valenzuela Youth Center, 1550 S. Sixth Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m., and program is from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Smith co-founded the group INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence and founded the Boarding School Healing Project. She is author of Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide and Native Americans and the Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliance. Smith has also edited The Color of Violence and The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Nonprofit Industrial Complex. Smith currently serves as the U.S. Coordinator for the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians.