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Karin L. Hermes is writing her PhD on the indigenous relation to the land in Hawai’i and will explain how and why she got involved in the movement to protect Mauna Kea, the highest mountain Hawai’i Island, while in front of her laptop in Germany. We’ll talk about how tricky it is to do indigenous studies without being a white saviour and exoticizing „the Other“.
The current Native American protests against an oil pipeline in North Dakota (hashtag NoDAPL) are also connected to the situation in Hawai’i, through community relations and the shared significance of protecting land and water. Karin’s already done double-duty and protested #NoDAPL in front of the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Consulate. We’ll also talk about the trickiness of going from Ethnology to Pacific Islands Studies to American Studies, because let’s dismantle some structures in academia and be undisciplined. If we do things right, we’ll hear some Pacific and summery tunes (political protest, beaches, and love) for this cold December session coming into the winter of 2016.