Facing the Limits of Decoloniality from a Southeast Asian Peri-urban Forest

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Juno Salazar Parrenas, Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University

 Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

What does indigeneity mean in a place with longstanding histories of migration, in which claims to indigeneity are overdetermined by the politics of exclusion? What are the politics of “indigenous knowledge” if the category of indigeneity resonates with ethno-nationalism? This talk argues that recent scholarly efforts to center decoloniality and indigenous knowledges risk romanticization when universalized. The research is drawn from transdisciplinary ethnographic field research in Sarawak, East Malaysia, with Malay and Iban orangutan-handlers and orangutans between 2010-2016.

Juno Salazar Parreñas (Ph.D., Harvard) is active in examining issues in environmental humanities and feminist science studies. Her recent book The Work of Care in Orangutan Rehabilitation (Duke, 2018) examines the question of how are we to live and die in this current age of extinction. She is also the editor of Gender: Animals (Macmillan, 2017). She received her undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies from UC Santa Cruz.

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