This symposium and the UCLA campus are located on the homelands of the Tongva peoples who, in the face of ongoing settler colonialism, continue to act as stewards of their ancestral lands.The greater Los Angeles area is home to many other Native peoples.
It is the ancestral homeland of the Chumash, the Tataviam, the Cahuilla nations, the Chemehuevi, the Pipa Aha Macav, the Morongo, the Pechanga, the Acjachemen, the Yuhaaviatam, the Soboba among other nations and bands. Moreover, it is home to large communities of indigneous peoples from the greater Turtle Island and Latin America, including Zapotec and Mixtec peoples. Los Angeles is also a place with large communities of Two Spirit peoples who organise and fellowship with each other.
Ultimately we seek to bring to bear our attention to blackness and Africanness in their variegated forms within the European context, but we also intend to mobilise decolonial, anti-imperial, and anti-capitalist solidarity as practiced in various regions of the globe on our present and historically interrelated local existences.