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April 9th talk at Carleton University – “Deviant Ceremony: On Intoxication and Other Erotic Ecologies”

On April 9th from 1-2:30pm Ottawa time (EST), I’ll be giving a talk as part of Carleton University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology’s Brown Bag Lunch series.

Deviant Ceremony: On Intoxication and other Erotic Ecologies

In the midst of a pandemic, many are tending to our relationalities as sites of renewed hope and healing. Those of us who live with pain, madness, and disabilities have always created networks of care beyond the state’s recognition toward our survival. From a lens of nēhiyaw philosophy, Indigenous medicines have an extraordinary amount to teach us in our pursuit of collective liberation, yet the same is true regarding a range of suppressed and illegalized substances. As long as the project of abolition is unfinished, Black and Indigenous life will remain the battlegrounds of racist drug laws, policing, and imprisonment. I refuse the immateriality of liberal Indigenous rights and recognition discourses, in favour of an erotic ecology of intoxication, examining the spiritual-biological uses of altered consciousness – and the stuff that brings us there.

Zoom link to join: https://carleton-ca.zoom.us/j/97771471811