Glen Coulthard: Once We Were Maoists: Third World Currents in Fourth World Anti-Colonialism (Zoom)

You are warmly invited to an online-talk by Glen Coulthard (Yellowknives Dene), Associate Professor at UBC.

The talk takes place online (Zoom) on December 15, 2021, 5 pm European Central Time. Tickets can be ordered here:


This presentation will provide a history of Red Power radicalization and Indigenous-Marxist cross-fertilization. It examines the political work undertaken by a small but dedicated cadre of Native organizers going by the name Native Alliance for Red Power (or NARP) in Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), from 1967 to the 1975. It argues that their political organizing and theory-building borrowed substantively and productively from a Third World-adapted Marxism which provided an appealing international language of political contestation that they not only inherited but sought to radically transform through a critical engagement with their own cultural traditions and land-based struggles. Not unlike many radicalized communities of color during this period, NARP molded and adapted the insights they gleaned from Third World Marxism abroad into their own critiques of racial capitalism, patriarchy, and internal colonialism at home.

Dr. Glen Coulthard’s talk is part of a short online lecture series called Voices on Indigenous Dispossession and Reclamations. This series of events is organised by Dr Doro Wiese, supported by the European Union and the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, and in cooperation with Dr. Laura De Vos and Dr. Mathilde Roza, Radboud University, as well as the Decolonial/Postcolonial Working Group at the University of Warwick. This series hopes to demonstrate that it is paramount to examine Indigenous dispossession and to make it a central category when analysing the political economy of settler-colonial societies. It searches for and establishes alternative ways of organising life and living well, especially for and by Indigenous intellectuals.

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