From the Department of Sociology,

We are very pleased to announce that Leanne Betasamosake Simpson will be the Department of Sociology’s Annual Guest Speaker for the 2019-2020 academic year. Poster attached. Please join us on February 4, 2020, from 4:00-5:00 pm in Osgoode Hall 1005, York University.

Betasamosake Simpson’s talk is titled Biidaaban.

This presentation will explore themes of presencing, resurgence, decolonization and Nishnaabeg thought through creative and intellectual practice. It will include a screening of “Biidaaban”, a short film. Accompanied by a 10,000-year-old shapeshifter and friend known as Sabe, Biidaaban sets out on a mission to reclaim the ceremonial harvesting of sap from maple trees in an unwelcoming suburban neighborhood in Ontario. Driven by the words of Anishinaabe writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson in collaboration with Amanda Strong’s mesmerizing stop-motion animation, Biidaaban intricately weaves together multiple worlds through time and space, calling for a rebellion.

You are no doubt already familiar with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s work. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Her work breaks open the intersections between politics, story and song—bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity.

Working for over a decade an independent scholar using Nishnaabeg intellectual practices, Leanne has lectured and taught extensively at universities across Canada and has twenty years experience with Indigenous land based education. She holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba, and teaches at the Dechinta Centre for Research & Learning in Denendeh. Leanne's books are regularly used in courses across Canada and the United States including Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back, The Gift Is in the Making, Lighting the Eighth Fire (editor), This Is An Honour Song (editor with Kiera Ladner) and The Winter We Danced (Kino-nda-niimi editorial collective). Her latest book, As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance was published by the University of Minnesota Press in the fall of 2017, and was awarded Best Subsequent Book by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.

As a writer, Leanne was named the inaugural RBC Charles Taylor Emerging writer by Thomas King in 2014 and in 2017/18 she was a finalist in the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Trillium Book Award. She has published extensive fiction and poetry in both book and magazine form. Her second book of short stories and poetry, This Accident of Being Lost is a follow up to the acclaimed Islands of Decolonial Love and was published by the House of Anansi Press in Spring 2017.

Leanne is also a musician combining poetry, storytelling, song writing and performance in collaboration with musicians to create unique spoken songs and soundscapes. Leanne's second record f(l)light produced by Jonas Bonnetta (Evening Hymns), was released in the fall of 2016. She was awarded the inaugural Outstanding Indigenous Artist at the Peterborough Arts Awards in 2018.

Leanne is Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg and a member of Alderville First Nation.

For more information, see:

https://www.leannesimpson.ca