Decolonization and the Study of Religion Workshop 4: Research Methods with Professor Noelani Arista

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 16:00to18:00
Birks Building Senior Common Room (Room 100). , 3520 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2A7, CA
Free but registration required to reserve your spot.

The committee for the Decolonization and the Study of Religion Workshop Series is thrilled to announce the upcoming workshop, Decolonizing Research Methods: The archive embodied and as text, facilitated by Professor Noelani Arista (McGill University). Any graduate student or faculty member with a research or personal interest in the study of religion is extremely welcome to attend, whether or not you have been able to join us for previous sessions.

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, March 29th, 4-6pm ET

PLACE: McGill University, Birks Building, Room 100 (accessible by public elevator)

REGISTRATION: https://forms.gle/oQ4yi3E8SDMEiShS8

Professor Noelani Arista is an Indigenous historian of Hawai’i and the U.S. She is ʻŌiwi (Hawaiian), born in Honolulu, O’ahu. This workshop focuses on Indigenous textualities: we will engage with the abundance of form and genre in the Hawaiian-language archives, in particular as texts designed to be performed. Along with a primary source chant, we will be reading:

  1. Arista, Noelani. “Ka Waihona Palapala Mānaleo: Research in a time of plenty. Colonialism and the Hawaiian-language archives,” in Indigenous textual cultures: Reading and writing in the age of global empire, edited by Angela Wanhalla et al. Duke University Press, 2020. 31-59.
  2. Arista, Noelani. “Navigating uncharted oceans of meaning: Kaona as historical and interpretive method.” PMLA 125, no. 3 (May 2010): 663-669.

Registration is required and limited: please sign up to secure your spot!

Light food and refreshments will be served. Please share any dietary restrictions on the registration page; we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Facilitator Bio
Noelani Arista (Kanaka Maoli) is Director of the Indigenous Studies Program at McGill University and Associate Professor in History and Classical Studies. Her research focuses on Hawaiian governance and law; Indigenous language archives and traditional knowledge organization systems. Her current project seeks to support indigenous communities in creating ethically engineered AI and Machine Learning projects and methods that can be applied in multiple indigenous contexts. Her next book project focuses on the first Hawaiian constitutional period 1839-1845. She is a co-author of the award-winning essay, Making Kin with the Machines, and co-organizer of the Indigenous AI workshops.

Any other questions and concerns can be directed to either Lucie Robathan or Jordan Molot, DSRW Co-Chairs: lucie.robathan [at] mail.mcgill.ca and jordan.molot [at] concordia.ca

This event series is sponsored by McGill School of Religious Studies; Concordia Department of Religions and Cultures; Concordia Institute for Jewish Studies; and McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

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