Department of Gender and Cultural Studies seminar series 17 May
GCS seminar #5
Brandy Nālani McDougall | Matt Poll
Mana Wahine, Hawaiian Feminism, and Decoloniality in Hawaiʻi
Brandy Nālani McDougall
This talk will explore “mana wahine,” or “womanly power,” a concept that precedes and is distinct from Hawaiian feminism. This presentation will use examples of ancestral and contemporary Hawaiian literature to further illuminate these concepts and examine their centrality within decolonial movements in Hawaiʻi.
Brandy Nālani McDougall is an Associate Professor specializing in Indigenous Studies in the American Studies Department at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. From Kula, Maui, McDougall is of Kanaka ʻŌiwi (Hawaiʻi, Maui, and Kauaʻi lineages), Chinese and Scottish descent. She is the author of a poetry collection, The Salt-Wind, Ka Makani Paʻakai (Kuleana ʻŌiwi Press 2008), the monograph Finding Meaning: Kaona and Contemporary Hawaiian Literature (University of Arizona Press 2016), and an editor of Huihui: Navigating Art and Literature in the Pacific, an anthology focused on Pacific aesthetics and rhetorics (University of Hawaiʻi Press 2014). McDougall is the co-founder of Ala Press, an independent press dedicated to publishing creative works by Indigenous Pacific Islanders. She has served on the American Quarterly board of managing editors since 2016.
Matt Poll TBC
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