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Refusals and Reinventions: Engendering New Indigenous and Black Life across the Americas--Daniel Ìgbín’bí Coleman in conversation with Shanya Cordis

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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Charis welcomes Daniel Ìgbín’bí Coleman in conversation with Shanya Cordis for a discussion of Refusals and Reinventions: Engendering New Indigenous and Black Life across the Americas. In Refusals and Reinventions, artist-scholar-organizer Daniel Coleman considers his critical trajectories and participation in intersectional justice struggles in the US and Mexico, situating them within larger abolitionist and decolonial movements for Black civil rights and Native/Indigenous sovereignty. He identifies how Black and Indigenous people create, exist in, and reclaim many worlds—the pluriverse—through their artistic refusals and reinventions. This event is co-sponsored by the Georgia State University Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department. 

Coleman thus contributes to a growing body of pluriversal thought, inspired by the Zapatista motto “a world in which many worlds fit.” Charting previously unrecognized connections among the creative struggles of Indigenous people in southern Mexico and Black people in the southern United States, Coleman draws on performance praxis, decolonial pedagogies, and Afro-diasporic and Native/Indigenous cosmologies to frame four case studies of people refusing racialized, gendered violences as world-making tools. In looking at creative responses among activists in Chiapas and in North Carolina, Coleman uses transfeminist, Black feminist, and decolonial frameworks to ask: How do creative insurgent practices give us access to our humanity? And what do praxis and engaged witnessing have to teach us about what worlds from the pluriverse hold?

Daniel Ìgbín’bí Coleman (he/they) is Black trans artist-organic intellectual-organizer who traverses worlds and realms in his work and with his existence. They are committed to forging the worlds we need in the cracks and fissures of falling empires in the U.S. South and the Global South. As such, all of Daniel’s work centers women, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming Black and Brown people. He is proud to call the South home. He is also an Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Affiliate Faculty in Africana Studies at Georgia State University. For more, please see www.danielbcoleman.com.

Shanya Cordis (she/her), PhD is a black and indigenous (Warrau and Lokono) anthropologist, professor, poet, and writer. Currently Assistant Professor in the African American & African Diaspora Studies Department and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race at Columbia University, her work explores the intersections and politics of black and indigenous peoples across the Americas and the Caribbean. Her forthcoming ethnography, Unsettling Geographies: Antiblackness, Gendered Violence, and Dispossession explores the co-constitutive relationship between antiblackness, gendered violence, and indigenous dispossession in postindependence Guyana. Grounded in transnational black and indigenous feminisms, her work explores the openings and possibilities for rooted dialogue on liberatory land/water relations, sovereignty, and black and indigenous futures. She has articles published in Small Axe, Cultural Anthropology, and American Anthropology, along with published poetry in the Pariahs anthology, Raspa Magazine, and a recently co-authored book, Say, Listen: Writing as Care (2024)  as a member of the Black|Indigenous 100s Collective.

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Event address: 
A Charis Hybrid (in-person + virtual) Event
184 S. Candler Street
Decatur, GA 30030
Refusals and Reinventions: Engendering New Indigenous and Black Life across the Americas By Daniel Ìgbín’bí Coleman Cover Image
$35.94
ISBN: 9780814259047
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Published: Ohio State University Press - April 2nd, 2024

In Refusals and Reinventions, artist-scholar-organizer Daniel Coleman considers his critical trajectories and participation in intersectional justice struggles in the US and Mexico, situating them within larger abolitionist and decolonial movements for Black civil rights and Native/Indigenous sovereignty.


Say, Listen: Writing as Care By The Black Cover Image
$22.00
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ISBN: 9781933996844
Published: Counterpath Press - November 1st, 2023

Scholars working within Blackness and Indigeneity model an innovative method for thinking, writing, and practicing care together.


Event Summary: 
In Refusals and Reinventions, Daniel Coleman identifies how Black and Indigenous people create, exist in, and reclaim many worlds—the pluriverse—through their artistic refusals and reinventions.