Indigenous Politics As If Métis Women Matter, Feminist Futures Lecture Series

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When: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
Time: 2:30 pm — 4:30 pm
Location:Dunton Tower, 1811

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Feminist Futures Lecture Series 2017/18


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Come and be part of the excellent scholarship, debates, and conversations reflected by  Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton!

The Feminist Futures Lecture Series offers presentations of current feminist research being carried out by faculty associated with the Institute. Drawing from the rich interdisciplinary, intersectional research environment that marks past work and frames future endeavours, the Feminist Futures Lecture Series continues the development of critical intellectual and political spaces and knowledge-building around gendered issues. In this friendly but critically engaged space, you are invited to connect with a community of scholar-activists associated with Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton University.


Popular descriptions of Métis people tend to characterize Métis as the “offspring” of French voyageurs and “Indian women,” or “Native women,” with men mentioned first and women last, if ever, named. This paternalistic narrative symbolically draws on the reproductive capacities of Indigenous women without taking seriously our contributions to the creation of a new, post- contact Indigenous nation — the Métis Nation. This talk explores the role of women within Métis familial, cultural, social, and political life, with a particular emphasis on Métis women’s historical and contemporary relationship to Métis nationhood.


Jennifer Adese (otipemisiw/Métis) was born in the City of North Vancouver and spent the early part of her life in Squamish, both places the unceded homeland of the xwməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh Nations. She was raised in the Niagara Region, the traditional territory of the Neutral and Haudenosaunee, and is currently an Associate Professor and the Program Coordinator of Indigenous Studies with the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University in the unceded territory of the Omàmiwininiwak. Jennifer is the author of a number of articles pertaining to Métis literature, culture, and politics; cultural, artistic, and social representations of Indigeneity by Indigenous peoples and by settler-states; and on racism and marginalization in the context of creative city policies.

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Winter Term:

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2:30 pm, Location TBA – Carolyn Ramzy
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2:30 pm, Location TBA –  Lara Karaian
  • Wednesday, March 7, Florence Bird Lecture, Location TBA –  Robyn Maynard