Indigenous studies; Native feminisms; settler colonialism, Indigenous film and politics; sovereignty and self-determination; historical archives and research methodology; social theory, epistemology and ontology, literature and literary theory
Laura Terrance is a doctoral candidate in Gender Studies with a Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies. Her dissertation examines the representation of violence in Indigenous film and literature as effective expressions of resistance that decry the terms of neo-liberal subjectivity while refusing the terms of settler colonialization. Beyond challenging each of these conditions, however, the violence her project examines provides the opportunity for the development of an anti-colonial subjectivity reformulated as a direct result of the violence enacted – a subjectivity positioned to imagine an alternative future. The analyses used to formulate her larger argument take into account and incorporate Haudenosaunee epistemologies of the “warrior” (Rotiskenrakéh:te), whose first obligation is to maintain peace, but who also understands that the imperative to protect the people cannot exclude the possibility of physical violence.