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Indigenous Bioscientists Constitute Knowledge across Cultures of Expertise and Tradition: An Indigenous Standpoint Research Project
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research. (Technoscience)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2820-0584
2014 (English)In: Re:Mindings: Co-Constituting Indigenous, Academic, Artistic Knowledges, Uppsala: The Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University , 2014, p. 173-191Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

 This talk explains my recent Indigenous Science Studies research project – an ethnography of Indigenous bioscientists in the U.S. – as it is informed by two key Feminist Science Studies frames, “feminist objectivity” and “feminist standpoint theory.” Most often, anthropological projects focused on Native Americans derive from outside the Native American community and often turn Native American social and cultural practices into anthropological curiosities and sites of difference from the non-Indigenous observer.

However, from my longstanding location within U.S. Native American social, cultural, educational, and professional circles, this Indigenous standpoint project examines cultural and social conditions that lead U.S. Native Americans to work as bioscientific researchers. The Indigenous standpoint in this research is not mainly concerned with assessing Native American social or cultural difference from the mainstream. Rather, this research investigates how Indigenous participation in bioscience can help make Western bioscience more multi-cultural and democratic, while also serving Native American community capacity-building and self-governance.

This talk also advocates that Indigenous Studies scholars pay greater attention to the role of science and technology as they seek to do research that supports Indigenous sovereignty. Both Nation States and Indigenous Nations increasingly govern through science. However, in its U.S. formation, Indigenous Studies is more focused in humanities fields. It engages too little with the physical and bio- logical sciences and with technology fields. If Indigenous Studies scholars ignore the role of technoscience in both limiting and facilitating Indigenous sovereignty, they limit their relevance for Indigenous communities.

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Uppsala: The Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University , 2014. p. 173-191
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Uppsala multiethnic papers, ISSN 0281-448X ; 55
Keywords [en]
Science, Indigenous Standpoint, bioscience, Indigenous participation, Indigenous people, DNA
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Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-383415ISBN: 978-91-86531-10-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-383415DiVA, id: diva2:1315687
Available from: 2019-05-14 Created: 2019-05-14 Last updated: 2019-09-18Bibliographically approved

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