Democracy Initiative Graduate Seminar- Rethinking Sovereignty and Belonging in Colonial Contexts

A Conversation about Democracy and Violence with J. Kēhaulani Kauanui and T.J. Tallie
Friday, April 23, 2021
1:30-3:00pm, Virtual Webinar


This webinar is the culmination of the inaugural 2020-21 Democracy Initiative Graduate Seminar. Organized and facilitated by the DI Graduate Fellows, the conversation brings together two leading scholars of settler colonialism to discuss their work on state violence and Indigenous resistance, embodied citizenship and belonging, the role of the scholar and the politics of the archive. 

Democracy Initiative Graduate Fellows, 2020-2021: Isabel Bielat (History), Charles Bradley (Education), Emily Marks (French), John Modica (English), Onur Muftugil (Politics), Dana Moyer (Politics), Hana Nasser (Politics), Meghan O’Donoghue (French), Layla Picard (Politics), Bob Qu (History), Tarushi Sonthalia (English), Felix Zuber (History).


Please find introductory essays by the Graduate Fellows and a bibliography of selected readings by Professors Kauanui and Tallie below. 

Graduate Fellow Responses to Professor Kauanui

Graduate Fellow Responses to Professor Tallie


J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is Professor of American Studies at Wesleyan University. Her most recent book is Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty: Land, Sex, and the Colonial Politics of State Nationalism (Duke University Press 2018). She teaches courses related to Indigenous sovereignty, settler colonial studies, anarchist history and activism, and critical race and ethnic studies.


T.J. Tallie is Assistant Professor of History at the University of San Diego. He is the author of Queering Colonial Natal: Indigeneity and the Violence of Belonging in Southern Africa (University of Minnesota Press, 2019). He teaches courses in African history, global history, Pacific history, and the history of gender and sexuality.