Monday, November 2, 2020,
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Authenticity, Liminality, and the Empty Center
Ian Khara Ellasante, Bates College
7:00 p.m., Live Zoom Webinar

Ian Khara Ellasante is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies. They are a cultural studies theorist whose current research engages the peoplehoood matrix-a core theoretical construct developed by Indigenous scholars-to examine the persistence of Indigenous and Black cultural identities within the oppressive milieu of settler colonialism and its associated regimes. In this context, Professor Ellasante examines the history and reclamation of Indigenous extra-binary gender systems and Two-Spirit traditions, Black and Indigenous feminisms, and the resistance inherent in Black and Indigenous trans and queer cultures. As a community-based participatory researcher, they have worked alongside and on behalf of LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit youth communities for over a decade to increase access to stable housing and affirming learning environments.

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Open to the Colby community only