Brown Bag Biography: Sarah Wiebe

March 7, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mānoa Campus, Kuykendall 409A

“Life Against a State of Emergency: Chief Spence’s Hunger Strike, Treaty Dialogue, and Mixed Media Storytelling”
Sarah Wiebe, Dept. of Political Science at UH Mānoa.

In the winter of 2012, after the fallout of one too many State of Emergency declarations, from a small island in the shadow of Canada’s parliament, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence began a hunger strike. Her action, also referred to as a fast and liquid diet, catalyzed the Idle No More movement, drew attention to the persistence of environmental injustice and slow violence across the country and signalled the need for a revitalized dialogue about treaty relations. Informed by interpretive methods including discourse analysis, political ethnography and mixed media storytelling, this research seeks to resist extraction and centre relationships. In doing so, it presents counter narratives to the predominant crisis framing of Attawapiskat while centring the voices of community members.

Dr. Sarah Marie Wiebe is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa in the Department of Political Science. Her research and teaching focus on environmental sustainability, political ecology and decolonial futures. She is the author of Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada’s Chemical Valley. For more about Sarah’s background see:

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