- Organizer: NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
- Venue: 285 Mercer Street, Fourth Floor
285 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.
This panel places in conversation scholars and activists Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua (University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa) and Angelique V. Nixon (University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago) to highlight the interconnections between the Pacific and the Caribbean through a queer, feminist, and Indigenous studies lens. From the ongoing fight against the settler state in Hawaiʻi to the struggle against an extractivist, tourism-centric model of development in the Caribbean, the panel foregrounds how queer/feminist/Indigenous scholars, activists, and artists make connections between the politics of food, land, water, and sovereignty, and offer a vision for a more livable, mutually dependent future. Moderated by Dean Itsuji Saranillo (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis).
No registration required.
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Angelique V. Nixon is a Bahamas-born, Trinidad-based writer, artist, community worker and scholar-activist. She is also a Lecturer and Researcher at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Angelique’s research, poetry, and artwork have been published and featured widely. She is author of Saltwater Healing – A Myth Memoir and Poems – an art and poetry chapbook collection (Poinciana Paper Press, 2013). Her scholarly book Resisting Paradise: Tourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality in Caribbean Culture (University Press of Mississippi, 2015) won the Caribbean Studies Association 2016 Barbara T. Christian Award for Best Book in the Humanities. As co-chair of the Caribbean IRN (digital network on diverse genders and sexualities), she has co-edited two multimedia online collections: Theorizing Homophobias in the Caribbean: Complexities of Place, Desire, and Belonging (2012) and Love | Hope | Community: Caribbean Sexualities and Social Justice (2017). Her research and teaching areas include Caribbean and postcolonial studies, African diaspora literatures, gender and sexuality studies, tourism and diaspora studies, and transnational migrations. Angelique strives through her activism, writing, and art to disrupt silences, challenge systems of oppression, and carve spaces for resistance and desire.
A lifetime student of and participant in Hawaiian movements, Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua works as professor and Chair of Political Science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research has involved documenting, analyzing and proliferating the ways people are transforming imperial and settler colonial relations through Indigenous political values and initiatives. This includes books like The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) and A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land and Sovereignty (Duke University Press, 2014). Her most recent book, Nā Wāhine Koa: Hawaiian Women for Sovereignty and Demilitarization (UH Press, 2019) is a collaboration with four activist women elders who played key roles in catalyzing the contemporary Hawaiian movement. Noe is a co-founder of Hālau Kū Māna public charter school and an active board member for the Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy and Hui o Kuapā Keawanui, both of which use Native Hawaiian ocean-based technologies and practices to help create resilient Indigenous futures. Most of all, Noe is a mother of three and a woman of the ocean.