At The Edge Of Canada: Indigenous Research
February 26, 2018
Today we go “over the edge” of Canada to chat with our guest, scholar Dr. K. Wayne Yang, Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at University California – San Diego. We discuss his latest book he published as the avatar “la paperson” via UMinnesota Press: A Third University is Possible. Following the form of grey literature, “la paperson” taps into the insterstitial space somehwere between a manuscript and an article, to speculate widely about decolonizing the University from within the intersectional lens of Black film critique and indigenous feminisms. Due to the nature of “grey literature” or perhaps in spite of it, A Third University is Possible gestures sophisticatedly towards a theory of subverting settler-colonial legacies and processes that pervade the institution. “la paperson” imagines how a university manifests decolonizing riders rather than coerces a decolonized ethic, s/he entertains the notion of the truly rematriated space, and they asks us to consider how/where/what the third university space could be or look like without casting judgement of its viability or morality. We discuss writing contingently, grey literature as a genre, Ta-nehisi Coates’ version of The Mecca (Howard University), and, borrowing from Tiffany Lethabo King, unpack a decolonizing land biopolitics. Yang/“la paperson” is an incredible thinker, compassionate organizer, and booming voice in intersectional cultural studies.