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CALL FOR EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS
Applicants Sought for Editorial Board of the academic journal, Native American and Indigenous Studies
Deadline: May 1, 2015 or until Board is named
NAIS seeks applicants for editorial board members. The term of service is four years. More information about the journal may be found at http://naisa.org/NAIS
Scope of NAIS: NAIS is a blind/peer reviewed scholarly journal published two times a year by the University of Minnesota Press.
Qualification and requirements of candidates: Key qualities sought for the position of editorial board members: an established record of scholarship in Native and Indigenous studies, including strong awareness of the worldwide scope of Indigenous studies; commitment to actively serving in an advisory capacity to the editors and to furthering their vision of the Journal and fulfilling its mandate; and willingness to take up various duties appropriate to the role of editorial board, including (at the editor’s discretion) the assessment of manuscripts. Candidates must be members in good standing of NAISA, and maintain their membership for the duration of the appointment.
The applications packet should include:
• Cover letter providing information about the applicant’s qualifications.
• Curriculum vita.
All application packets (in PDF format) should be sent to:
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Those folks appearing on the program should register for the conference by 4/17. You can do so at https://www.eventinterface.com/registration/hkb1s77.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in D.C. June 4-6!!!


International Symposium, University of Mainz, 25-27 June 2015

Biopolitics – Geopolitics – Sovereignty – Life:
Settler Colonialisms and Indigenous Presences in North America

Organizers: Dr. René Dietrich (Mainz), Prof. Dr. Kerstin Knopf (Bremen)

This conference takes issue with biopolitics and geopolitics in the settler nations of North America, executed through continuing techniques of dispossession and surveillance of Indigenous populations, as well as with corresponding forms of sovereignty, agency, and life exercised in the matrix of biopower.

Biopolitical attempts to regulate Indigenous peoples – via removal, assimilation, education, administration, representation, genealogical politics, surveillance and disciplinary regimes – subject Indigenous nations to settler colonial rule by depoliticizing them. Biopolitical practices act towards Indigenous nations not as sovereign political entities in their own right, but subsume them under the imaginary racialized population of ‘Indians’ that is mainly defined through its separation from the settlers’ body politic proper. At the same time, Morgan Brigg’s concept of ‘terrapolitics’ and Mark Rifkin’s concept of ‘bare habitance’ have crucially pointed out that discussions of settler colonial biopolitics of racialization and regulation should not come at the expense of geopolitics of dispossession and removal. In this light, recent interrogations of settler colonial violence against Indigenous lands and lives in the production of colonial space in the U.S. and Canada (Mishuana Goeman) and the employment of “Indianness” for the transit of U.S. empire (Jodi Byrd) manifest the link between theories of bio- and geopolitics as an integral instrument to critique settler colonial techniques and practices.

Life itself, however, was less in the focus of critical inquiry. Putting forth that life is situated at a crucial junction between bio- and geopolitics, this conference wants to advance recent work by exploring and theorizing the different politics and epistemologies (concepts, forms, knowledges) of life in settler and Indigenous contexts in relation to bio- and geopolitical practices. It seeks to investigate how these can help to formulate ‘life’ as a category for political analysis and critique in settler-Indigenous relations, in evolving formations of sovereignty and agency, and in the struggle for decolonization.

We thus invite scholars of various disciplines engaged in these issues to discuss how an in-depth exploration of ‘life’ as a critical concept and political category in the tension between bio- and geopolitical practices and Indigenous forms of sovereignty and agency helps to further illuminate the complex, contested and still largely asymmetrical relations and interactions between settler colonialisms and Indigenous presences in North America.
Confirmed speakers include: Mishuana Goeman (U of California), Mark Rifkin (U of North Carolina), Andrea Smith (U of California), Michael R. Griffiths (U of Wollongong), Robert Nichols (U of Minnesota), Audra Simpson (Columbia), Brian Hudson (U of Oklahoma), Sandy Grande (Connecticut College), Jaqueline Fear-Segal (U of East Anglia)

For further information see: http://www.blogs.uni-mainz.de/fb05-indigstudiesconf/

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From now until April 17, NAISA members can vote on the prizes for best first book, best subsequent book, and most thought-provoking article. Go to the "Prizes" tab on the website.

Registration and the draft program are now available for the upcoming conference 'Brothers and Sisters in Arms: Historicising Indigenous Military Service'. The conference is being held at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia on 25-26 June 2015. Please visit the conference website on http://www.acu.edu.au/733870.