Canceled: CANCELED - Community Collaboration and the Discourse of Decolonization

Graduate Colloquium Seminar, Presented by Dr. Holly Cusack-McVeigh


Title: "Community Collaboration and the Discourse of Decolonization"


Description: Since the mid-1980s anthropology has been engaging in an important self-critique, “decolonizing” anthropology. Research on and with Indigenous communities are particularly fraught. Engaging local communities as collaborators holds great potential but also brings with it additional challenges often not met in a “traditional” research setting. What tends to be glossed over are the tough questions of internal representation and voice. Simply put, who speaks for “the community”? As anthropologists, we try to avoid representing communities as homogeneous.


About our Speaker:

Dr. Cusack-McVeigh is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She holds appointments as a Public Scholar of Collections and Community Curation, and as an Adjunct Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies at IUPUI. She also serves as a Research Affiliate at the UAF Museum of the North in the Ethnology and History Departments, and as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her research is based on many years of working with Alaska Native communities, tribes throughout the continental United States, and Indigenous groups in Canada, New Zealand, Peru and South Africa. Her most recent publication, Stories Find You, Places Know: Yup’ik Narratives of a Sentient World, explores the ways a Bering Sea Yup’ik Eskimo community uses stories of place in social life. Another element of her research agenda is an ongoing collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation which resulted in the recovery of several thousand objects. Her work with the FBI Art Crime Team exemplifies her broad scholarship on cultural heritage, the antiquities trade, looting, and repatriation with Indigenous partners.


***This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Pick Museum of Anthropology, and the Graduate Colloquium program.

Wednesday, April 1 at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Stevens Building , Rm 173

Event Type

Lectures, Presentations and Workshops, Graduate Colloquium


Arts and Culture, Academics, Diversity

Target Audience

Students, Faculty and Staff, General Public



Pick Museum of Anthropology
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Rachelle Wilson

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