The 55th Journal of Anthropological Research (JAR) Distinguished Lecture by Shannon Speed, director of the American Indian Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, will explore the ongoing violence against Native women and ways to combat it. The event is hosted by The University of New Mexico Department of Anthropology and the Journal of Anthropological Research.

JAR lecturer Shannon Speed
JAR lecturer Shannon Speed

Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women: Rethinking Human Rights and Tribal Sovereignty will be held Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Anthropology Lecture Hall Room 163.

This lecture will explore the persistent nature of violence against Native women and the potential strengths of combining a human rights framing with strengthened tribal sovereignty to combat the violence and hold settler states accountable for it.

The JAR lecture will be followed Friday, Jan. 26, with a discussion and seminar with Speed. 

The informal discussion at 11 a.m. in Anthropology Room 178 will allow faculty and students to ask Speed questions about her research. Coffee and bagels will be served. A seminar will follow at noon in Anthropology Room 248. This talk, based on years of research with Indigenous women migrants, explores the role of trauma and emotion in the embodied experience of anthropological field research and knowledge production.

“Dr. Speed will speak on one of the most acute, urgent, and grave problems facing Native women in the United States, Mexico, and the border region today," said Les Field, UNM Anthropology professor.

Speed is a tribal citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and a professor of Gender Studies and Anthropology at UCLA. Speed has worked for the last two decades in Mexico and in the United States on issues of indigenous autonomy, sovereignty, gender, neoliberalism, violence, migration, social justice, and activist research. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in English and Spanish, and has published seven books and edited volumes, including her most recent, award-winning Incarcerated Stories: Indigenous Women Migrants and Violence in the Settler Capitalist State (University of North Carolina Press). She also has a new co-edited volume entitled Heightened States of Injustice: Activist Research on Indigenous Women and Violence (University of Arizona Press).

All events are free and wheelchair accessible. Attendees without a UNM permit can park in a metered space along Redondo Road or Las Lomas to avoid a fine.

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