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Thursday, November 7 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Plenary Sessions - Decolonizing Sport Sociology is not a “Metaphor”: Decentering Colonialism, Unsettling Whiteness, & Indigenizing Sport Sociology

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This panel considers Tuck and Yang’s (2012) seminal paper “Decolonization is not a Metaphor” as a starting point for our conversation on how to critique and explore ways to decolonize sport sociology using Indigenous perspectives and understandings. As Tuck and Yang (2012) contend, that to adopt a decolonizing discourse without understanding how to decenter settler perspectives that may well be incommensurable with decolonization, achieves very little in the repatriation of Indigenous lands and ways of living | rather, it is not a metaphor for other things we want to do or improve on, but a sovereign act of reclaiming spaces that are often devoid and/or resistant to Indigenous ways of knowing and becoming. In the same breath, unsettling white settler dominance is a never-ending struggle of critically examining how new forms of colonization seek to maintain the status quo, and why a decolonizing agenda is deeply necessary.

Within this conversation the following questions emerge as on-going ‘sites of struggle’, and include:

Dr. Paul Whitinui
Dr. Tricia McGuire-Adams
Dr. Dan Henhawk
Waneek Horn-Miller
1. What new forms of colonization have helped to reinforce colonial/modernist power (social norms) in sport sociology?
2. What kinds of examples continue to reinforce racialized stereotypes of otherness, and in particularly, continue to (mis)represent Indigenous peoples as less than, or made to feel inferior, and |
3. What intersubjectivities can we collectively consider that would bring about a less divisive or hostile understanding about Indigenous peoples’ ways of knowing within sport sociology discourse(s)?

Finally, we aim to move the conversation forward by sharing everyday acts of Indigenous resurgence and renewal to reduce settler harm and to grow Indigenous alliances in sport sociology that are ethically informed, culturally inclusive, and morally astute. This and more, will be shared in concert with the audience’s own experiences.

Thursday November 7, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm EST
Peacock Ballroom