Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

The premiere international & interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies.



The broad use of Vizenor-created theoretical terms in many different academic fields (e.g. law, literature, anthropology, sociology, museum studies, etc.) highlights the fact that Vizenor Studies represents a significant interdisciplinary conversation within the broader field of Indigenous Studies. As such, the editors of Transmotion will look for submissions of critical essays that do any of the following:

Look at Vizenor’s work directly, as well as the work of related authors and theorists in the field
Employ Vizenor’s theory to look at other writers
Continue Vizenor’s project of bringing together traditional indigenous knowledges and Asian or European continental philosophy
Explore the inter-relation of image and text, art and literature, in Vizenor’s work
Contribute to recent developing conversations in contemporary Native American art and literature, in relation to questions of visual sovereignty, visuality, and ethics.
Offer innovative, surprising, unexpected and creative critique of American Indian literatures or other creative arts
Emphasize experimental, theoretical, and avant-garde Native North American work

The journal will also accept creative or hybrid work, provided that such work aligns aesthetically with the aforementioned editorial emphasis. The editors particularly welcome submissions of innovative and creative works that exploit digital media.

Transmotion is hosted by the University of Kent and produced in collaboration with European University Cyprus, California State University San Bernardino and the University of Georgia, under a Creative Commons license. All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed, in a process reviewed by our editorial board, who will also approve each issue.

Enquiries regarding submission are welcome and may be sent to the editors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Scholarly articles should be 20-25 pages in length, prepared according to the MLA Style Manual. Creative work can be of any length. We are also very keen for scholars to put themselves forward as potential book reviewers and to volunteer to be anonymous peer reviewers.

Information regarding on-line submissions of full drafts can be found at:


David J. Carlson (California State University San Bernardino)
James Mackay (European University Cyprus)
David Stirrup (University of Kent)
Laura Adams Weaver (University of Georgia)
Editorial Board

Jennifer Andrews (University of New Brunswick)
Scott Andrews (California State University Northridge)
Kimberly Blaeser (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee)
Jill Doerfler (University of Minnesota Duluth)
Hsinya Huang (National Sun Yat-sen University)
A. Robert Lee (University of Murcia)
David L. Moore (University of Montana)
Margaret Noodin (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee)
Jace Weaver (University of Georgia)


Conference: “Brothers and Sisters in Arms: Historicising Indigenous Military Service”

Australian Catholic University, Melbourne

25-26 June 2015

The centenary of the First World War has generated significant interest globally in the role Indigenous peoples played in that conflict. Despite centuries confronting European colonialism, Indigenous peoples from around the world served in numerous twentieth century European conflicts, apparently fighting for the very states that were responsible for their oppression and in locations often far removed from home. Across different wars and cultures their treatment, motivations to serve and roles within the armed forces varied, and over time military service has formed a central role in many Indigenous cultures around the world.

This transnational conference will explore the long histories of Indigenous military service. We invite paper abstracts from anyone whose work looks at any aspect of Indigenous peoples and the military. Themes may include:

•Indigenous motivations to serve
•Governments and Indigenous military service
•Indigenous servicewomen
•Gender, sexuality, Indigenous cultures and the military
•Indigenous units
•Indigenous peoples on the home front
•The veteran experience
•Commemorations and memories of Indigenous service
•Cultural representations of Indigenous service
•Military service and colonialism
•Frontier wars and Indigenous service history

Confirmed conference keynote speakers include Professor Emeritus, Tom Holm (University of Arizona, and Dr Teresia Teaiwa (Victoria University, Wellington,

Abstracts of no more than 150 words, along with a brief biography, should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 30 November 2014. Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers are strongly encouraged to send abstracts. Details about possible publication opportunities will be forthcoming.

We have a small amount of funding to provide a limited number of bursaries to subsidise international travellers, especially postgraduate students and early career researchers without institutional support. If you require financial assistance, please include with your abstract a brief outline of the funding available to you (i.e. home institution conference funding).

Any enquiries may be directed to conference convenors:

Dr. Noah Riseman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Dr. Catherine Bishop (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Contact Luana Ross: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are seeking submissions for a special issue of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal on “Native Criminalization and Prisonization.” Submissions may include scholarly essays, research articles, personal narratives, interviews, and oral histories, poetry, short stories, and commentary.

Current data indicate that Native peoples in the United States and Canada are overrepresented in jails and prisons. Articles should focus on any aspect of criminalization and prisonization of Indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada.

Specific themes for the journal include:
* Federal policies (e.g., VAWA or the Indian Act)
* Traditional Indigenous methods of social control (police societies, etc.)
* Community policing (e.g., Village Public Safety Officer Program)
* Experiences of imprisonment
* Problem-solving courts (drug, mental health, homeless, veterans courts)
* Re-entry programs
* Criminalizing homelessness
* How to decrease recidivism
* Indigenous concepts of rehabilitation
* Alternatives to incarceration
* Alternatives to criminalization
* Prison subculture
* Sex trafficking
* Juvenile justice
* Child incarceration
* Personal stories of incarceration (poetry and short stories welcome)

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than October 17, 2014.

Luana Ross, Guest Editor AICRJ
Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
Box 354345, Padelford Hall ¡ University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98117 ¡ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NAISA Council protests the decision of Chancellor Phyllis Wise of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign to rescind the offer of a tenured faculty position in American Indian Studies to NAISA member Dr. Steven Salaita.

Dr. Salaita was offered the position in October 2013 following a national search and evaluation of his scholarship based on its merit and his contributions to comparative Indigenous studies. Chancellor Wise’s actions in rescinding the offer in August 2014, after Dr. Salaita had resigned his tenured position at Virginia Tech and just days before his classes were set to begin at UIUC, set a dangerous precedent. This last minute, top down decision with no faculty consultation violates the tenets of faculty governance and is a clear, profound, and deeply alarming breach of professional ethics. These actions constitute, as well, a de facto attack against American Indian Studies at UIUC, despite its carefully earned status as one of the leading programs nationally in our field. This decision, if not overturned, is sure to erode the confidence of scholars and students of American Indian and Indigenous Studies that UIUC is an open and welcoming institution that values their social, cultural, and intellectual contributions. Additionally, recent statements by both Chancellor Wise and the UIUC Board of Trustees allude to the character of Dr. Salaita’s comments on twitter about the recent Israeli invasion of Gaza as the basis for rescinding his offer, citing his supposed lack of “civility.” This action constitutes an assault on the rights of faculty members to express controversial political sentiments in the public sphere and/or to do so in unpopular ways.

We call upon the chancellor and the university to respect faculty governance, the Program in American Indian Studies, and the faculty peer review process that evaluates candidates for tenured positions. We call on the UIUC administration to fulfill the contractual obligation to hire Dr. Steven Salaita as a tenured associate professor of American Indian Studies at UIUC.

a/b: Auto/Biography

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Hemispheric Performance Studies scholar Diana Taylor has referred to a shared hemispheric reality of  “tangled systems of expression, representation, and economic and power relations,” where attempts to align identities with geographical locations, cultural practices, naming practices, and heavily policed ideological borders  present the hemisphere’s inhabitants with constant challenges.  She sums it up with “America: it depends on how you look at it.  What you call it.  How you live it.”[1] (1417). 

This special issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies invites critical essays that explore how both Indigenous and America are looked at, named and lived in autobiographical works (literary, visual, filmic, other)  by Indigenous artists and authors throughout the Americas. 

Possible topics include:

  • how Indigenous authors or artists engage with what it means to be Indigenous in the Americas;
  • how various identity terms-- Indian, Native, Indigenous, Aboriginal, indio, American, norteamericano, and others—get claimed, played with or rejected by the authors, artists and texts discussed;
  • how readings of Indigenous life narratives in the Americas might further understanding of autobiographical genres and of the use of those genres as political tools;
  • connections between life narratives and assertions of Indigenous literary and rhetorical sovereignty;
  • the implications of exploring Indigenous autobiographical works from within a hemispheric context

All submitted essays should have a relevant theoretical framework and participate in contemporary conversations within the fields of auto/biography studies and Indigenous studies. Potential contributors may find it helpful to refer to back issues of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies prior to submitting their work for consideration.  Individual articles and full issues are now available on Project MUSE.

Submission guidelines: Inquiries and essays should be emailed to Laura Beard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Essays are due by July 1, 2015 and they should be between 7,500 and 10,000 words in length, including notes and the Works Cited pages.  All essays must follow the format of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) and the a/b Style Sheet, which can be found at this address: All essays submitted for the special issue, but not selected, will be considered general submissions and may be selected for publication.

Authors must also include a fifty-word abstract and two to four keywords with their submissions.  In order to ensure a blind peer review, remove any identifying information, including citations that refer to you as the author in the first person. Cite previous publications, etc. with your last name to preserve the blind reading process. Include your name, address, email, the title of your essay, and your affiliation in a cover letter or cover sheet for your essay. It is the author’s responsibility to secure any necessary copyright permissions and essays may not progress into the publication stage without written proof of right to reprint. Images with captions must be submitted in a separate file as 300 dpi (or higher) tif files.

Laura Beard is author of Acts of Narrative Resistance: Women’s Autobiographical Writings in the Americas (U Virginia P, 2009).  She is Professor and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta, where she is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies. She is currently working on a book on autobiographical life narratives about the Indian residential school experience in the United States and Canada.

[1] Taylor, Diana. "Remapping Genre through Performance: From" American" to" Hemispheric" Studies." PMLA (2007): 1416-1430.