Anthropology Roundtable Symposium: Kim TallBear - Science v. the Sacred

The Department of Anthropology invites you to join them on Monday, October 26th, 2020 for their third Roundtable Symposium presentation of the year. Kim TallBear, Associate Professor of Native Studies at University of Alberta, will be presenting with a talk titled, "Science v. the Sacred: a Dead-end Settler Ontology - and Then What?"

Settler-colonial society works to separate so-called spirituality from the material. This worldview inhibits understanding Indigenous knowledges as knowledge based on centuries of observations and lived relations with other-than-humans. Instead, Indigenous peoples are viewed as “spiritual,” and the disciplines tend to implicitly denigrate Indigenous understandings of the world as beliefs rather than knowledges. The knowledge/belief divide stems from a hierarchy of life that the sciences share with major religious traditions. With this understanding of sentience and agency, some humans rank above others according to race or gender, for example, and humans rank above other life forms. More recently, “new materialists” and multi-species ethnographers have analyzed other-than-humans in less hierarchical and more “vibrant” or agential, if still secular terms. TallBear brings such ideas into conversation with Indigenous ideas of being in good relation in ways that disrupt longstanding racial hierarchies of thought.

Kim TallBear is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience, & Environment. She is also a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellow. Dr. TallBear is the author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science. 

This is an occasion to connect with fellow students, faculty, and friends in the department. We look forward to seeing you there!

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If you're interested in attending, please register at our Anthropology Roundtable Symposium Eventbrite page or contact Emily Hebbron at

Monday, October 26, 2020 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

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