Iyko Day

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Iyko Day is Chair of the Program in Critical Social Thought and Associate Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College.  She is also Co-Chair of the Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program.  Her research focuses on the intersection of Asian racialization, Indigeneity, and settler colonialism in North America.  Her publications have examined the settler colonial biopolitics of landscape art; the transnational coloniality of Japanese internment in Canada, the US, and Australia; as well as comparative approaches to Indigeneity and Blackness and racial formation in Canada and the US.  Her articles have appeared in journals such as Critical Ethnic Studies, American Quarterly, Amerasia Journal, and Canadian Literature.  Her book, Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism (Duke UP, 2016), retheorizes the history and logic of settler colonialism by examining its intersection with capitalism and the racialization of Asian immigrants to Canada and the United States.  Through an analysis of Asian American and Asian Canadian literature and visual culture, she explores how the historical alignment of Asian bodies and labor with capital’s abstract and negative dimensions became one of settler colonialism’s foundational and defining features.

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