Valentine’s Day with Feminism: Billy-Ray Belcourt, “Decolonization is a Queer Desire”

February 14, 2023 3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
CAB 239

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In this talk, Billy-Ray Belcourt will analyze the force of negativity and negative affect in poetic depictions of queer Indigenous sex and sexuality. Rather than attempt to queer Indigenous theories of the decolonial or indigenize queer theories of negativity, they instead make the argument that decolonization is always-already a queer desire.

Billy-Ray Belcourt is a writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation in northwest Alberta in Treaty 8 territory. He is an Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair of Queer Indigenous Cultural Production in the School of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of four books: This Wound is a World, winner of the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize, NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field, longlisted for Canada Reads in 2020, A History of My Brief Body, a finalist for the 2021 Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction, and A Minor Chorus, longlisted for the 2022 Giller Prize.

This event is generously supported by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study and is co-hosted by the Department of English and Film Studies.

This is a hybrid event: 
In-person:  CAB 239
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