Settler Colonialism in Hawai’i: A Panel Event

From Professor J. Kehaulani Kauanui:

The American Studies Department at Wesleyan University presents

Settler Colonialism in Hawai’i: A Panel Event

Introduction and moderation by J. Kehaulani Kauanui


“Staking Claim: Race and Indigeneity in Hawai’i,”Judy Rohrer

“Why Asian Settler Colonialism Matters: Thoughts on Critiques and
Debates,” Dean Itsuji Saranillio

Bio Info:

Judy Rohrer has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawai’i and is currently an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Her research clusters around feminist theory, LGBTQ studies/queer theory, disability studies, critical race studies and indigenous studies. Her first book, Haoles in Hawai’i, was published in 2010 through the University of Hawai’i Press. It is the first volume in a series on race and ethnicity in Hawai’i. She is working on her second manuscript, “Staking Claim: Race and Indigeneity in Hawai?i.” It brings together an analysis of racial formation and colonization in the islands through a study of legal cases, contemporary public discourse (local media outlets, local literature), and Hawai’i scholarship. She has published on race and colonization in Hawai’i, gay marriage, disability studies, and citizenship in Racial & Ethnic Studies, borderlands, Feminist Studies, The Contemporary Pacific, American Studies, and American Quarterly.

Dean Itsuji Saranillio is an assistant professor of Asian/Pacific/American Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. His work has been published in the American Quarterly, Journal of Asian American Studies, and several anthologies.He is currently working on a manuscript titled The Theatricality of the Settler State: Hawai‘i Statehood and the Liberal Politics of Empire Building, that situates the admission of Hawai‘i as a U.S. state at the crossroads of U.S. empire, where settler state formation in North America and U.S. imperialist expansion into Asia and the Pacific convene.

J. K?haulani Kauanui is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where she teaches on settler colonialism, indigenous studies, and critical race studies. She earned her PhD in History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press, 2008), and is currently writing her second book, Thy Kingdom Come? The Paradox of Hawaiian Sovereignty, a critical study of gender, sexuality, and nationalism. She is one of six co-founders of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, established in 2008. She is also the sole producer and host of a public affairs radio program, “Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond,” which is syndicated on eleven stations through the Pacifica radio network. She also collaborates on an anarchist politics radio show called “Horizontal Power Hour.”

For more information, contact Kauanui: jkauanui(at)wes.

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Time: 4:15-6pm
Place: PAC 001, Wesleyan University
This event is wheelchair accessible.

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