Kim TallBear, author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science (2013), is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta. She studies the racial politics of “gene talk” in science and popular culture. A former environmental planner, she has become interested in the similarities between Western constructions of "nature" and "sexuality” as they are defined and sanctioned historically by those in power. TallBear is interested in how sex and nature can be understood differently in indigenous worldviews. She draws on indigenous, feminist, and queer theory in her teaching and research that focus on undermining the nature/culture split in Western society and its role in colonialism, racism, sexism, homophobia, and environmental degradation. TallBear has published research, policy, review, and opinion articles on a variety of issues related to science, technology, environment, and culture. She is a tribal citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in South Dakota, U.S.A. and is also descended from the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.
My teaching interests include indigenous and feminist science studies (including animal studies and “new materialisms”), the politics of nature (Native Americans, nature, and culture; queer ecologies) and indigenous queer theory and (de)colonial sexualities. In Fall 2015 I am teaching the graduate seminar, Native Studies 520: Theoretical Perspectives in Native Studies.
I am interested in hearing from potential graduate students who desire to work at the intersections of science, technology, environment and/or sexuality, and indigenous governance and culture.
This course introduces students to the long and complicated relationships between science and technology fields, broader dynamics of colonialism, and increasing demands for Indigenous governance of the sciences and technologies that affect them.Winter Term 2021
Prerequisite: NS 503 or consent of the Faculty.Winter Term 2021