“Decolonizing Smell: Olfactory Aesthetics and Indigenous Ecologies”

Event Description:

Building on Indigenous studies and settler colonial studies, Hsuan L. Hsu (Professor of English, Concordia University) considers olfaction as a means of undoing colonization's atmospheric disparities and olfactory aesthetics as a mode of engaging with environmental injustice in literature, art, and activism.

Hsuan L. Hsu’s research interests include 19th and 20th-Century U.S. literature, Asian diasporic literature, race studies, cultural geography, sensory studies, and the environmental humanities. He is the author of Geography and the Production of Space in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Cambridge, 2010) and Sitting in Darkness: Mark Twain, Asia, and Comparative Racialization (NYU, 2015). A graduate of UC Berkeley, he held positions at Yale and UC Davis before recently joining the faculty at Concordia University.

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