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Ron Eglash: "Welcome to the Indigenous Future" Panel Discussion

Welcome to the Indigenous Future flyer features an illustration of a hand holding an oyster shell, surrounded by colorful shapes

Stamps Professor Ron Eglash is a featured presenter for Welcome to the Indigenous Future, a Digital Studies Institute panel discussion taking place on Thursday, December 92021.


Via Zoom, Thurs, Dec 9, 2021 3pm‑4:30pm (EST)

A Digital Studies Institute panel discussion, co-presented by the University of Michigan and the Consulate General of Canada

The logic of so-called technological evolution” categorizes innovations into binaries of Old/​Defunct and New/​Good, without a fluid understanding of time, influence, or use. Likewise, settler cultural studies compartmentalize indigenous peoples and practices as outside of the present time and space. This panel discussion taps into growing movements around the discussion of indigenous technologies and indigenous futures (itself a nod to Afrofuturism), taking a more expansive view of the holistic relationship between people and technologies. The panelists are coders, artists, and theorists who investigate not only the history but also the present and future of indigenous technologies, as well as the language and methodologies used to study them.

Presenters include:

  • Amelia Winger-Bearskin, Banks Preeminence Chair and Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence and the Arts, University of Florida, Digital Worlds Institute;
  • Ron Eglash, Professor of Information, School of Information and Professor of Art and Design, Penny W Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan;
  • Jason Edward Lewis, University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary at Concordia University;

Moderated by DSI Executive Director Marisa Olson, with opening remarks from the Consulate General of Canada.

Register here for Zoom Link.
Live Captioning will be provided.