Published: March 13, 2020
Apartment complex with sign saying, "Got land? Thank an Indian"

Abstract: This talk explores Indigenous and South Asians intimacies that exist within and across the afterlives of imperialism in what is known as Canada, and theorizes dominant caste Indian diasporic complicities in ongoing colonization of Indigenous peoples and lands. The talk draws from research on sites of resource extraction, logging and canneries in British Columbia in the 1970s-90s and the tar sands in Alberta presently, and theories these sites as simultaneous spaces of intimacies and complicities. Foregrounding the transnational intersections of race, caste, and indigeneity, the talk investigates complicities of dominant caste Indian communities in processes of settler colonialism, white supremacy, and brahminical supremacy.

Nishant Upadhyay, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Ethnic Studies
University of Colorado Boulder
Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Territories