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Dr. Vanessa Watts on Empowering Others: Carving Spaces in the Academy (online)

Monday, January 31, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lecture 3: Dr. Vanessa Watts on Indigenous perspectives and decolonization. 

This online Zoom lecture series centres speakers' diverse experiences navigating the challenging world of academia, finding opportunities within and beyond postsecondary institutions, and carving space for themselves and others in their fields. By creating space for balanced representation and illuminating diverse lived realities in academia and beyond, we might all be empowered to reflect on and share our own journeys, and be better equipped to support each other in the process.

Dr. Vanessa Watts, the fourth speaker of the series, will discuss Indigenous perspectives and decolonization. She is Mohawk and Anishinaabe Bear Clan, Six Nations of the Grand River.  She is an assistant professor of Indigenous Studies and Sociology at McMaster University, and holds the Paul R. MacPherson Chair in Indigenous Studies. Her research examines Indigenist epistemological and ontological interventions on place-based, material knowledge production. Vanessa is particularly interested in Indigenous feminisms, sociology of knowledge, Indigenous governance, and other-than-human relations as forms of Indigenous ways of knowing. 


This event is supported by Queen’s Inclusive Community Fund. The lecture series is available in an accessible format or with appropriate communication supports upon request. Please contact us by email at

Melissa Forcione
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