We imagined up this conference based on our relation-making at McMaster University in Ohròn:wakon, the Mohawk name for the lands on which lower Hamilton, Ontario sits. Ohròn:wakon is governed by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum, which is an ongoing agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg. The Dish with One Spoon represents the land as a dish with enough food in it to sustain us all as long as we take only as much as we need, leave enough for others, and maintain the peace. These relations that we’ve made in one place are now spread out across the north end of Turtle Island from Tkaronto and Mohkinstsis, and this work is currently sustained through digital technologies and infrastructures based in Ohlone territory.
To acknowledge the lands, waters, peoples, and more-than-human lives that we learn from, and that make this work possible, we in turn center our responsibilities by attending to the complexities of relation-making on stolen land and through digital technologies complicit in reinforcing settler colonialism. This conference requires us to be thinking with, about, and for our relations in the face of routinized violence against Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour as one way to work towards racial and disability justice as well as ethical relations that honour Indigenous ways of being and knowing on this land.
“Diasporic Solidarities: Islands, Intimacies, and Imagining Otherwise” is a conference offering opportunities to consider how we might we move, imagine, and struggle across (de)colonial experiences and diasporic intimacies in-and-through solidarities. Inspired by antecedent engagements with islands and intimacies as critical contact zones for coalitions, we see “Diasporic Solidarities” as a practice of imagining otherwise together.
As organizers, we ourselves imagined up this two-day virtual event in relation to our own decolonial desires and diasporic solidarities. We hope that presenters and audience members alike will illuminate sites where these desires and solidarities already exist and garner tools that help us to imagine new ways of resisting together.
The conference format was virtual and synchronous via Zoom webinar. The two-day conference program featured a plenary panel and 12 research panel presentations.
The conference did not require registration, however, attendance was free and open to the public.
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