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Decolonial Love: Learning to Redream Dangerously Again

Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 11:00am to 4:30pm

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Film Forum
430 College Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

How might we learn to redream dangerously again?

Join us for a two-day symposium that brings together scholars, creative writers, and activists to discuss and envisage how the theories, practices, and visions of the roles of love, identity, and land are complexly intertwined with (trans)national structured challenges.

With a commitment to "learning to redream dangerously again" during a historical moment of an unceasing remonstration of the intersectional inequality and injustice entrenched in the United States and other localities, the 2023 cohort of the Einaudi Center's Global Racial Justice graduate fellows will host the "Decolonial Love" symposium. The symposium aims to reconstruct and reimagine the multifacetedness of individuals and the complexity of their ties with the self, others, and the natural world through the lens of coloniality and decoloniality.

Hosted by the Einaudi Center as part of its inequalities, identities, and justice global research priority, and co-sponsored by Migrations: A Global Grand Challenge, the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, and the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research.

Reserve your seat today!

Saturday, May 13

Registration, 12:30 p.m. EDT

Opening Remarks, 1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. EDT

Keynote Address, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

  • Mariana Mora (Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology), "Towards a politics of listening and sensorial truths, the struggle for racialized justice for the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico"

Panel I - Identities, 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. EDT

Moderator: I-An "Amy" Su (Cornell University)

  • Alaina E. Roberts (University of Pittsburgh), "Is Black and Indigenous Reconciliation Possible?"
  • María Elizabeth Rodríguez Beltran (Rutgers University), "Redefining Black Caribbeanness: Peripheral Relationships Decentering the Colonial Family"
  • Michele Cheng (Cornell University), "The Aftermath of Colonization and Colonialism: Musical Identities of a 1.5 Generation Taiwanese American"
  • Amber Starks, "The Disenfranchising of Black Indigeneity from Global Indigeneity"
  • Alivia Moore (Cornell University), "Truth Bias and Intergroup Dynamics"

Film Screenings and Discussions, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT

Moderator: Chinasa T. Okolo (Cornell University)

  • 1000 Gifts of Decolonial Love
  • Egúngún (Masquerade)
  • Counterfeit Kunkoo
  • Cane/Cain

Reception, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. EDT


Sunday, May 14

Registration and Lunch, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT

Poetry Reading and Color Therapy, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT

Moderator: Ariel Dela Cruz (Cornell University)

Panel II - Solidarities of the Earth: Envisioning and Enacting Reparative Land Justice, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

Moderator: Kendra Kintzi (Cornell University)

  • Enrique Salmón (Cal State East Bay), "We Still Need Rain Spirits: Cultivating Indigenous Land-based Relationships, Resilience, and Identity"
  • Kristen Bos (University of Toronto), "Beads Land"
  • shakara tyler (University of Michigan)
  • Troy Richardson (Cornell University), "Land Labors: Smallest Gestures, Empirical Intimacies"

Panel III - Decolonial Love, 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. EDT

Moderator: Karina Edouard (Cornell University)

  • Gina Goico (Cornell University), "Envisioning Possibilities: Naming and Archiving Memories of Love and Care from the Dominican Republic"
  • Ariel Dela Cruz (Cornell University), "Don't You Remember?: Intergenerational Filipinx Care and Refusal"
  • Erica Violet Lee, "Inner City Love Notes: On Street Graffit, Protest Art, and Other Signs of Blooming"

Closing Remarks, 4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT



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