Initiative For Indigenous Futures

an Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace production

Future Imaginary Lectures

Year 1 2016 – 2017

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The Future Imaginary Lectures are a series of public talks at Concordia University by Indigenous artists, scholars, activists and technologists sharing their view of the future of Indigenous people and communities worldwide. It is held at Concordia University in Montreal, and is produced by Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace as an adjunct activity to the Initiative for Indigenous Futures.

In addition to the public talk, each speaker will lead a seminar or workshop for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. We are also conducting video interviews with the speakers, where we ask them to reflect on the evolution of their practice.

Download 2016 – 2017 Schedule



March 31st, 2017. Concordia University.

     Zoe Todd

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University

Zoe Todd (Métis) is from amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton), which is located in Treaty Six Territory in Alberta, Canada. She is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. She researches fish, colonialism and legal-governance relations between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian State. In the past, she has researched human-fish relations in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, and has conducted work on Arctic Food Security in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the Northwest Territories, Canada. Her current work focuses on the relationships between people and fish in the context of colonialism, environmental change and resource extraction in Treaty Six Territory (Edmonton, amiskwaciwâskahikan), Alberta. Her work employs a critical Indigenous feminist lens to examine the shared relationships between people and their environments and legal traditions in Canada, with a view to understanding how to bring fish and the more-than-human into conversations about Indigenous self-determination, peoplehood, and governance in Canada today.

November 11th, 2016. Concordia University.

$value     Allen Turner

Teaching game design at the Center for Digital Media, DePaul University.

Allen Turner (Lakota, Black, Irish) has been involved in storytelling and education for most of his adult life. He has coordinated youth and adult programs focusing on literacy, myths and legends, storytelling, and role-playing to developing inference and problem solving skills at various Native organizations including the Chicago AIHS, American Indian Center, Mitchell Indian Museum, and NAES College. He has also provided cultural performances for the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Public Library, the Newberry Library, the Chicago Historical Society, and myriad other organizations and institutions. In addition to traditional storytelling, Allen is also a game designer who has worked for studios like Bungie and Disney Interactive Studios.

October 14th, 2016. Concordia University.

Photographer     Kim TallBear

Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta.

Kim TallBear is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in South Dakota. She is  also descended from the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. TallBear originally trained to become a community and environmental planner at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP). She completed in 2005 a Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz in History of Consciousness. More broadly, she is interested in the historical and ongoing roles of science and technology (technoscience) in the colonization of indigenous peoples and others. Yet because tribes and other indigenous peoples insist on their status as sovereigns, she is also interested in the increasing role of technoscience in indigenous governance. What are the challenges for indigenous peoples related to science and technology, and what types of innovative work and thinking occur at the interface of technoscience and indigenous governance? Into her research she brings collaborations, and teaching indigenous, postcolonial, and feminist science studies analyses that enable not only critique but generative thinking about the possibilities for democratizing science and technology.

February 10th, 2017. Concordia University.

Rickard     Jolene Rickard

Art History and American Indian Program, Cornell University.

Jolene Rickard, Ph.D. is a visual historian, artist and curator interested in the issues of Indigeneity within a global context. Highlighted projects include: The Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum, 8/2015 in conjunction with the 56th International la Biennale di Venezia; essay, “Arts of Dispossession,” in From Tierra del Fuego to the Artic: Landscape Painting in the Americas, Art Gallery of Ontario and Yale University Press, 2015; advisor to Sakahàn: 1st International Quinquennial of New Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada, 2013; Ford Foundation Research Grant, 2008-11; Te Tihi Scholar/Artist Gathering in New Zealand, 2010 and co-curator for the inaugural exhibition, Our Lives and Our Peoples for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C., 2004. She is from the Tuscarora Nation (Haudenosaunee), director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program and Associate Professor in the History of Art and Art Departments at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. and has a forthcoming book on sovereignty.