Mishuana Goeman Lecture

“Electric Lights, Tourist Sights: Gendering Dispossession and Settler Colonial Infrastructure at Niagara Falls”

Zoom Webinar

October 15, 2020
4:00 p.m.

Presented with the UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program.

View of Niagara Falls from Canada.

Niagara Falls has become an important monument marking the boundary of the United States northern border and Canada’s Southern border. For Seneca people however, the falls are the place where the Thunder Beings reside and thus it is a place instrumental to Seneca experience of place. Built up as a tourist site in the early 1900s and later marketed as a honeymoon site, Niagara Falls becomes an important geographical area to extend Goeman's work in examining state produced space (such as making of monuments and jurisdictions) and Indigenous place-making (such as the reflection of experiences through intergenerational stories regarding specific sites, that in turn produce a value system). Niagara Falls becomes a site of biopolitical power in which Americans and Canadian settlers come to know themselves by not only sacrificing the Indian maiden, but literally sacrificing Haudenosuanee histories, land, water and meanings of place. This source of electricity built the grid upon which Buffalo as an industrial city flourished. As the middle class accumulates wealth, Niagara Falls is advertised widely as a vacation spot in New York City circles. Goeman is interested not just in individual Indigenous cities but looking at the interconnecting links between them that create a grid of Indigenous dispossession.

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Mishuana Goeman is a 2020-2021 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Associate Professor of Gender Studies, American Indian Studies, and affiliated faculty of Critical Race Studies in the Law School, UCLA. She is a member of the Tonawanda Band of Seneca and author of Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations (2013, University of Minnesota Press).

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Wednesday, November 11

4:30 p.m. via Zoom

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