DNA and the Racial Re-Articulation of Indigeneity Dr. Kim TallBear Keynote Speaker

Internationally Renowned Scholar Dr. Kim TallBear joins us in the CIGI Auditorium to challenge our assumptions in her innovative presentation ‘DNA and the Racial Re-Articulation of Indigeneity:

In defining Indigeneity, scientists privilege genetic ancestry while Indigenous people emphasize political status along with biological and cultural kinship constituted in dynamic long-standing relations with living landscapes. But scientific articulations, with their greater truth-governing power, may undermine tribal and First Nations’ self-determination and global Indigenous anti-colonial movement.

  • Thursday March 2nd, 2017
  • 7:00 – 9:00 PM

RSVP: http://technekimtallbear.eventbrite.ca


Brought to you by the IMRC and Techne Wilfrid Laurier Biopolitical Research Group

As Part of the Biopolitics of life: rethinking resistance in the biopolitical economy conference: march 2-4, 2017

For information on the Conference please visit: https://technebiopoliticalrg.com/politicsoflife/



Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Tecnoscience & Environment

University of Alberta


Kim TallBear is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor TallBear is the author of one monograph, Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013), which won the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association First Book Prize. She is the co-editor of a collection of essays published by the Oak Lake Writers, a Dakota and Lakota tribal writers’ society in the USA. Professor TallBear has been published in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Sweden. And also writes for the popular press including BuzzFeed, Indian Country Today, and GeneWatch. Professor TallBear is a frequent commentator in the media on issues related to Indigenous peoples and genomics including interviews in New Scientist, New York Times, Native America Calling, National Geographic, Scientific American, The Atlantic, and on NPR, CBC News and BBC World Service. Professor TallBear has advised science museums across the United States on issues related to race and science. She also advised the former President of the American Society for Human Genetics on issues related to genetic research ethics with Indigenous populations. She is a founding ethics faculty member in the Summer internship for INdigenous Peoples in Genomics (SING), and has served as an advisor to programs at genome ethics centers at Duke University and Stanford University. She is also an advisory board member of the Science & Justice Research Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Professor TallBear was an elected council member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) from 2010-2013. She is co-producer of an Edmonton sexy storytelling show, Tipi Confessions, which serves as a research-creation laboratory at the University of Alberta on issues related to decolonization and Indigenous sexualities. She is a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in South Dakota and is also descended from the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.