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Accumulation of the Primitive: The Limits of Liberalism and the Politics of Occupy Wall Street

Indigeneity, Decoloniality and Settlement Research Cluster Series

In this talk Sandy Grande will discuss her article featured in an upcoming special issue on Unsettling Settler Colonialisms in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal.

Speaker: Sandy Grande (Connecticut College)
Respondent: Juan De Lara (USC)

In this talk Sandy Grande will discuss her article featured in an upcoming special issue on Unsettling Settler Colonialisms in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal.  She explores how the narratives of occupation and the inclusion of Native people and Native critique within the Occupy Wall Street movement are founded on notions of liberal democracy and what she terms “the accumulation of the primitive.”  She also moves us to consider indigenous land based movements that confront primitive accumulation as the pre-and ongoing condition of the settler colonial state.  Her emphasis on Wolfe’s settler colonial theories and indigenous scholarly critique enable her to consider OWS and Indigenous land-based movements in a longer trajectory of Indigenous dispossession and advocate for examining the epistemological underpinnings of settler colonial projects.