Welcome to Unsettle

Unsettle is written by Kim TallBear, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience and Society in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies @UANativeStudies. I am a frequent (social) media commentator, Indigenous public intellectual, and critic of settler-colonial politics and culture. I am a regular roundtabler on MEDIA INDIGENA, a weekly Indigenous current affairs podcast. My posts here, usually free and very occasionally for subscribers only, analyze topics across a range of my usual topics of interest from the politics of science and technology, environment, race, and sexuality. I write from an Indigenous and anti-colonial lens. Some posts may be short commentaries on the news of the day that interests me—often as it reflects or challenges the colonial politics of settler states. Other essays will consist of lengthier cultural analyses and commentaries. Occasionally, I’ll post longer, more developed essays that will live on the line between (creative) nonfiction and academic-light writing.

I intend these posts as openings to conversation with readers and also as seed for longer pieces of writing. I am motivated by instant gratification and this type of format gets me writing far more than plotting out long papers and book chapters that won’t see the light of day for a couple of years. I also value learning in public with my co-thinkers, all of you who engage my words.

You can also follow me @KimTallBear and follow my work and that of my research and creative groups, including students and affiliated researchers @Indigenous_STS, @RELABresearch, and @TipiConfess. And you can follow Rick Harp’s @mediaINDIGENA. I am a Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate citizen who hails from US-occupied Dakota lands.

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