Decolonizing Kink: Colonial Pathologies and Clinical Practice

Event Date: 07/07/2023

Location: via Zoom

Event Time: 6-8PM CT

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In Decolonizing Kink, Adria Kurchina-Tyson will discuss the structural, colonial nature of compulsory vanilla relationships/sexuality and demonstrate the “coloniality” of kink-phobia, reviewing the fundamental differences between Indigenous frameworks of desire/relation and those of the settler state. Kurchina-Tyson invites us to work together in this workshop to challenge racial-sexual pathologies in clinical knowledge, resist prescriptive frameworks of consent and desire, and get kinky about healing!

Based on the content of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Name and explain the structural, colonial nature of compulsory vanilla relations/sexuality
  • Identify the coloniality of sexual norms around desire, kink, BDSM
  • Challenge (internal/one’s own and external/social) colonial interpretations of kinky desires
  • Facilitate (safer, anti-colonial) meaning-making around non-normative relational dynamics

Adria Kurchina-Tyson is a queer, Anishinaabe scholar of Indigenous, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, PhD candidate at Queen’s University in Canada, and a member of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. Their PhD research examines elements of kink in Indigenous epistemologies, governance and kinship.




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Ticket Options

Supporter ($40), Standard ($30), Student ($15), Pay what you can