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Important Conversations

Below are important conversations happening this summer and beyond.

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience: Whose hero? New perspectives on monuments in public landscapes

From conversations around confederate memorials and the memorialization of Native American heritage, public dialogue that addresses the historical exclusion inherent in many current existing representations of marginalized groups is profoundly important. This half-day workshop specifically aims to help museums and communities deepen their understandings of feminist and indigenous ways of utilizing landscapes, objects and dialogic thinking for memorialization and justice.

For centuries now, the Haudenosaunee women of New York State have lived equally among their male counterparts in a way their non-Native women neighbors often have not. In fact, when women in the state began to organize for their rights in 1848, they looked to Haudenosaunee women for inspiration and guidance. This history serves as a starting point for lively presentations and a discussion that explores ways in which history, art and activism intersect in both the past and present-day. 

Panelist include Associate Professor in the History of Art and Visual Studies Department Jolene Rickard, Michelle Schenandoah, Julia Watson, and Sally Roesch Wagner.

View the panel discussion held, June 24 at this link:

Whose hero? New perspectives on monuments in public landscapes panel discussion

Becoming our futures: Global Indigenous curatorial practice

The ARP Press virtual book launch, Becoming Our Futures: Global Indigenous Curatorial Practice, hosted by the University of Winnipeg on June 10, 2020. Moderator and editor Dr. Julie Nagam the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Collaboration and Digital Media facilitated a conversation about international collaborations with gallery directors, scholars, and curators such as Nigel Borell, Nici Cumpston, Freja Carmicheal, Karl Chitham, LĂ©uli Eshraghi, Reuben Friend, Jarita Greyeyes, Ioana Gordon-Smith, Dr. Heather Igloliorte, Jaimie Isaac, Carly Lane, Cathy Mattes, Kimberley Moulton, Lisa Myers, Dr. Jolene Rickard (AIISP at Cornell University), Megan Tamati-Quennell, Josh Tengan and Daina Warren.

This book and conversation investigates international Indigenous methodologies in curatorial practice from the geographic spaces of Canada, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Australia. From a perspective of Indigenous peoples important place within society, this collection explores how Indigenous art and culture operate within and from a structural framework that is unique and is positioned outside of the non-Indigenous cultural milieu. Watch the discussion here.