Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society: Toward Sovereign Bodies and Sustainable Relations

///Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society: Toward Sovereign Bodies and Sustainable Relations
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Please join us at the University of Alberta for a 2-day symposium addressing questions related to Indigenous peoples, techno-science, colonialism, and the environment.

June 8-9, 2018, Enterprise Square, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society: Toward Sovereign Bodies & Sustainable Relations will explore productive spaces to do science and develop technology in ways that undo colonial imbalances and strengthen Indigenous governance. The symposium will be organized around 3 thematic roundtables that bring together thinkers in the areas of digital relations, land/water relations, and sovereign bodies. Highlights from our program include opening remarks from Dr. Kim TallBear (University of Alberta) and Jessica Kolopenuk (University of Victoria) and keynote presentations by Dr. Marisa Duarte (Arizona State University) and Dr. Max Liboiron (Memorial University of Newfoundland). The symposium will conclude with a dynamic community forum in which symposium participants will have an opportunity to collectively imagine and strategize directions for the field, Indigenous STS. Our aim is to gather as an intimate group for a two-day symposium with the expressed purpose of strengthening our own internal networks and building out towards future collaborations and mentorships.

Hosted by the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta and supported by the Indigenous Science, Technology & Society Research and Training Program, the Technoscience Research Unit (TRU), the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR) & the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF)

June 8

8:30AM-9AM – Breakfast and Coffee
9AM-10AM – Opening remarks
10AM-12PM – Digital Relations Roundtable
12PM – Lunch
1PM-2:30PM – Keynote – Marisa Duarte, Arizona State University
2:30PM – Break
2:45PM-4:45PM – Sovereign Bodies Roundtable

June 9

9:00AM-9:45AM – Breakfast and Coffee
10AM-12PM – Land/Water Relations Roundtable
12PM – Lunch
1PM-2:30PM – Keynote – Max Liboiron, Memorial University of Newfoundland
2:30PM – Break
2:45PM-4:45PM – Interactive Session and Community Forum

Please RSVP. Please indicate if you plan to attend the full day, the morning or afternoon program, or particular keynotes or sessions on either date. We are collecting this information for purposes around catering, room movement, and accessibility requirements.

The University of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.


Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society (Indigenous STS) is an international research and teaching hub, housed at the University of Alberta, for the bourgeoning sub-field of Indigenous STS. Our mission is two-fold: 1) To build Indigenous scientific literacy by training graduate students, postdoctoral, and community fellows to grapple expertly with techno-scientific projects and topics that affect their territories, peoples, economies, and institutions; and 2) To produce research and public intellectual outputs with the goal to inform national, global, and Indigenous thought and policymaking related to science and technology. Indigenous STS is committed to building and supporting techno-scientific projects and ways of thinking that promote Indigenous self-determination.

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