Sarah Biscarra Dilley

Position Title
Ph.D. Student


B.A., Urban Studies, San Francisco Art Institute, 2015.

Research Interests: Indigenous cartographies of the spatial, temporal, and relational. California Indian Languages (tʔɨnɨsmuʔu tiłhinktityu) and interdependence with place. Sites of rupture and resurgence. Connections between federal and state tribal policy, recognition issues, land loss and ongoing erasure. Historical and contemporary Native American art as epistemology and world-making. Indigenous feminisms and gender studies. Environmental and ecological justice.
  (un)making episode 27: Sarah Biscarra Dilley, interview by Weston Teruya, Art Practical Audio, March 25, 2018.
Biscarra Dilley, Sarah and Vince Medina. “Beauty, Justice and Coyote Trickery,” News from Native California, Vol. 30, No. 1 (2016), pp. 13-20.
 Allegra, Indira and Sarah Biscarra Dilley. "Indira Allegra: In Conversations with Sarah Biscarra Dilley" AQ 5 / NYAQ 4/ SFAQ 24 (2016), p. 9.
  California Indian Environmental Governance: Responsibilities, Rights, and Reclamation at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. April 2018.
- “Meet The Commute”, panelist, alongside fellow members of transits and returns, trans-oceanic Indigenous curatorial collective, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. March 2018.
- “Dreaming New Patterns, Imagining Ourselves: California Native Women and Resurgence”, alongside Vanessa Esquivido, Emerging Scholars Night, Maidu Museum and Historic Site, Roseville, CA. October 2017.
- “Readings from Uŋ Indigenous Art Journal”, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Banff, AL, Canada. June 2017.
- “My Words Radiate from the Center”, presented at California Historical Society, San Francisco, CA. October 2016.
 “Current Contexts and Future Imaginings: A Two Spirit Roundtable Discussion”, panelist, alongside Lindsay Ryan Jimmy and Dana Wesley, facilitated by Billy-Ray Belcourt. Presented at Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), Washington D.C. July 2015.
-  “In The Round: Kinship, Resurgence and Resistance in Queer Indigenous Testimony,” Joint keynote with Daniel Heath Justice. Presented for Sexuality Studies Association, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at First People’s House, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., June 2013.
Fellowships, Grants, and Awards:
2017-2018: yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini tribal consultant, yakʔitʸutʸu housing project, California Polytechnic University, tiłhini (San Luis Obispo, CA), unceded yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini homeland
2017-2018: recipient, Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
September 2017: artist-in-residence, Art Writer's Tiny Residency, Portland, OR
June 2017: artist-in-residence, Indigenous Art Journal, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, AL, Canada
2016-2017: recipient, Provost's Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities, University of California, Davis
2015: BA of the Year - San Francisco Art Institute
2012-2014: Point Scholar - Point Foundation

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