Written by MELANIE YAZZIE
Published: 22 December 2014
Proposals Due on February 1, 2015
Navajo Studies Conference Inc. (NSCI) is pleased to announce that proposals for the 20th annual Navajo Studies Conference are now being accepted. Themed Yideeskąągóó Dinék’eh Nitsáhákees, Éé’deetįįh dóó Hódzą Bee Ániit’éedoo (Navajo Knowledge and Experience for Our Future), the conference highlights the wealth and diversity of knowledge practiced throughout Diné history.
The conference will be held May 29–30, 2015 at the base of Dookóóslííd (Flagstaff, AZ) on the Northern Arizona University campus. NSCI encourages proposals that address a variety of topics and that embrace creative and interactive session formats. Proposals for sessions in Diné bizaad (Navajo language) are especially welcome.
Sessions will run for 90 minutes and can include academic papers, films, poetry readings, storytelling, discussions, posters, cultural activities, workshops, music or other types of sessions. Organizers are open to individual and group proposals. We encourage proposals from all parts of the community including youth, young adults, adults, elders, students, community members, educators, scholars, professionals, government officials, artists, activists and others.
Proposals can address any area related to the conference theme including agriculture, art, community organizing, culture/spiritually, education, environment, government/politics, family, film/media, gender/sexuality, health & wellness, history, human rights, language, literature, traditional skills, philosophy/theory, policy/law, science, cosmology, social justice/activism, tribal programs, and youth/elder issues.
Charlotte Frisbie and David Brugge founded Navajo Studies Conference in 1986. Since that time, NSCI has evolved into an all-Diné volunteer non-profit organization with 501(c) 3 status. Our mission is to embrace and uphold Diné culture and language; promote and facilitate ethical and responsible research; provide a forum for the exchange of ideas of Diné life; and inspire critical reflection.
. Full details regarding the Call for Proposals and Conference Registration can be found on our website at www.navajostudies.org.