Talk at UC Riverside

If you are in Riverside on October 3rd, I am giving a talk in the Department of Dance followed by a discussion led by Dr. Jacqueline Shea-Murphy.

UC RIVERSIDE Department of Dance

New Research in Dance Studies: In-Tension-Ally-Ties

Coordinated by Jacqueline Shea Murphy   Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, Assistant Coordinator




Speaker: Julie Burelle

Assistant Professor, Theater and Dance Department, UC San Diego

Endurance/ Enduring Performance:

First Nations Women, Diplomacy, and Sovereign Re-mappings


Discussant: Jacqueline Shea Murphy

Associate Professor, Dance Department, UC Riverside


This presentation examines Anishinaabe artist Nadia Myre’s Indian Act and La Marche Amun, a long-distance march organized by Innu women, as performances that consciously embody and perform the structural position of endurance into which settler colonialism has forced Indigenous peoples, particularly Indigenous women. In deploying and staging Indigenous women’s endurance as a performative language, La Marche Amun and Nadia Myre’s beading project seize the settler-colonial state’s grammar of extinction and erasure to perform its effects and mirror its mechanisms for a settler audience whose sense of self is articulated, as Taiaiake Alfred notes, on “a self-congratulatory version of Canadian history” in which Canada holds the part of a “benevolent peacemaker.”


October 3, 2018

Wednesday, 4:10-6:00 pm

Dance Studio Theatre, ATHD 102 (Athletics and Dance Building)

Free and open to the campus


Julie Burelle is assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California San Diego where she is also affiliate faculty in the Department of Ethnic Studies. She is the author of Encounters on Contested Lands: Indigenous Performances of Sovereignty and Nationhood in Québec (Northwestern University Press, forthcoming) and has published inTheatreForumTDR: The Drama ReviewTheatre AnnualDance Research Journal, and others. Burelle is also a dramaturg.


Jacqueline Shea Murphy is associate professor in the Dance department at UC Riverside, and author of “The People Have Never Stopped Dancing”: Native American Modern Dance Histories, (University of Minnesota Press, 2007). In 2016, she guest edited a special issue of Dance Research Journal on “Indigenous Dance Today.” She has helped bring Indigenous dance studies into visibility to dance scholars through her publications, and by organizing numerous symposia and performance events including regular “Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside” gatherings. She is currently working on two writing projects: Choreographing Resurge-instances: Indigenous Dance Artists Re-Worlding; and an anthology of Critical Scholarship in Indigenous Dance, co-edited with Karyn Recollet and María Firmino-Castillo.


Presentations are followed by dialogue with audience, then reception on the patio.

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