Cornell University

Anthropology Colloquium: Paul Nadasdy

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

McGraw Hall, 215
740-750 University Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

“I’m not a Citizen; I’m an Indian:” Personhood and Political Subjectivity in the Constitution of Canada’s Self-governing First Nations

Paul Nadasdy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell. 

Professor Nadasdy has been conducting ethnographic research in Canada’s Yukon Territory since 1995, principally with the people of Kluane First Nation, the indigenous inhabitants of the southwest Yukon. His research has focused on the politics surrounding the production and use of environmental knowledge in wildlife management, land claim negotiations, and other political arenas. Currently, Nadasdy is conducting a sociocultural analysis of land claim negotiations among the governments of Canada, the Yukon Territory, and the Kluane First Nation. By examining the different cultural assumptions that various participants bring to the negotiating table, the resulting cross-cultural interactions, and how these articulate with the broader political, historical and legal contexts in which the negotiations are embedded, he hopes to understand and describe the micro-level mechanisms through which unequal power relations are realized, reinforced, and at times subverted.

Nadasdy is the author of Knowing Nature: Conversations at the Intersection of Political Ecology and Science Studies.  Nadasdy also wrote:  Hunters and Bureaucrats: Power, Knowledge, and Aboriginal-State Relations in the Southwest Yukon. Vancouver

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A reception will follow this talk.

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