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Thermal Sovereignties: Hiʻilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart

Presented by the NYU Department of Nutrition and Food Studies’s Feast and Famine Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.


How can a thermal analysis of Indigenous dispossession help us envision decolonial futures beyond the artificial cold? Across two centuries of Western presence in Hawaiʻi, freezing and refrigeration technology facilitated the integration of the Islands into a complex global food system that functions, in large part, on the manipulation of temperature in order to keep foods fresh across vast distances. Effecting what Professor Hiʻilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart (Yale University) terms thermal colonization, American political investments in the cold chain engaged ideas of manifest destiny, casting political expansion across Indigenous lands as a god given right. Suturing together race, freshness, and refreshment as expressions of territorial entitlement, the refrigerator has come to mark the conceptual and bureaucratic boundaries of domesticity, normative relations, and sustenance within the settler state. Where fridges do not appear, in contrast, signal spaces of habitation that exceed or sit beyond the capitalist economy’s cold chain infrastructures. This talk considers the role of contemporary puʻuhonua (places of refuge), such as houseless and resistance encampments, as ambient sites of Kanaka Maoli self-determination, abundance, and sovereignty.

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Hiʻilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart is assistant professor of Native and Indigenous Studies at Yale University and editor of The Foodways of Hawaiʻi: Past and Present. She is the author of Cooling the Tropics: Ice, Indigeneity, and Hawaiian Refreshment (Duke University Press, 2022).

Venue: 35 W. 4th Street
10th floor, Room 1080
New York, NY United States
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