“Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted”: Indigenous Animus in the Age of Liberation

jbyrd_2Close-reading Assassin’s Creed 3 and Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, this paper will consider how American Indian and Indigenous studies might intersect with videogame studies, especially at the sites of narrative, racial representations, and history. Examining how settler colonialism is reimagined through digital space, the paper will discuss how indigeneity might disrupt the historicities of code and play.

Jodi A. Byrd is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and associate professor of American Indian Studies and English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her articles have appeared in American Indian QuarterlyCultural Studies ReviewInterventions, J19, American Quarterly, and College Literature. She is the author of The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Race & Gender, the Department of Film & Media, the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, and the Native American Studies Program.

Part of the CSSC’s 2014-15 Speaker Series.nothing-is-true-2