Naisa

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.

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American Indian Dance Theater is now developing its largest and most elaborate production, a new full-length dance drama entitled Ceremony for Mother Earth: A Healing, and a development workshop for this spectacular show is in the planning stage.
Performed by a company of 18 professional American Indian dancers, singers and musicians, this visually dazzling full-length production dramatizes one of the most compelling challenges facing the human race today: the impending destruction of the Earth’s environment by pollution, global warming, human failure and greed. Adapting tribal myths, legends and stories passed down through oral traditions for its narrative, the show depicts the struggle to stave off the alarmingly rapid decline of Earth’s ecological systems, atmosphere, plant and animal life, and human social structures. For more information, go to:
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The Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder welcomes applications to our PhD Program in Comparative Ethnic Studies. Our streamlined program emphasizes transnational, comparative, intersectional, decolonial and queer studies frameworks to examine race, gender and sexuality.

For more information please visit our website at:

http://www.colorado.edu/ethnicstudies/grad/phd_program.html

Applications are due by December 1, 2014.

American Indian Quarterly (AIQ) is looking for established and new scholars of Native American studies who are interested in writing book reviews. In keeping with our research agendas, AIQ also publishes reviews of multimedia publications, films/documentaries, and exhibits/installations. In order to be considered for selection as a reviewer, please contact our book review editor, Trever Holland, with a set of research goals and interests and short CV/Resume at

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American Indian Quarterly has earned its reputation as one of the dominant journals in American Indian studies by presenting the best and most thought-provoking scholarship in the field. AIQ is a forum for diverse voices and perspectives spanning a variety of academic disciplines. The common thread is AIQ’s commitment to publishing work that contributes to the development of American Indian studies as a field and to the sovereignty and continuance of American Indian nations and cultures. In addition to peer-reviewed articles, AIQ features reviews of books, films, and exhibits.

Call for Papers/Proposals:
CINSA 2015: Survivance & Reconciliation: 7 Forward / 7 Back
Date: 11-13 June 2015 at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Description:
The Canadian Indigenous/Native Studies Association (CINSA) Conference 2015 will be hosted
by the First Peoples Studies Program (FPST) at Concordia University. Concordia University’s
First Peoples Studies program recently received government of Quebec accreditation and began
offering a minor and major in September 2013. The year, 2015 is also the 40th anniversary of the
groundbreaking James Bay Agreement of 1975. Come honour and celebrate these two important
events by participating in the first CINSA gathering since 2008.
The conference’s theme borrows from the Anishinaabeg vision that asks all people to consider
themselves from the standpoint of Seven Generations Back and Seven Generations Forward. Our
peoples have endured much over the last Seven Generations, but through our ancestors efforts we
have resisted and survived. Now the current generation is looking forward Seven Generations to
ensure our continued survival as peoples. As part of the process we have embarked on a path of
reconciliation with ourselves and settlers. We hope that such efforts will help ensure our
collective survivance through reconciliation.
The conference organizers seek original works examining the themes of ‘survivance’ and
‘reconciliation’ in Quebec, Canada, North America, and the World in relationship to Indigenous
peoples and nations. Other topics or themes will be considered. The organizing committee invites
scholars and community members to submit proposals, in French or English, for:
individual papers, panel sessions, posters, roundtables, workshops, film screenings, and
performances.
All French or English proposals (between 200 - 250 words) should be accompanied by a brief
CV (or a brief statement of relevant experience in relation to your proposal) and be submitted to
the Organizing Committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by 31 January 2015.
Facebook: CINSA Concordia 2015
All papers from the conference, either in French or English, from the conference may be
considered for publication in a conference proceedings.
The Canadian Indigenous/Native Studies Association (CINSA) is a community of scholars
committed to Indigenous/Native Studies as a discipline that is informed by, and respectful of,
Indigenous intellectual traditions. Among its objects is the continued development of Aboriginal
studies intellectualism through the dissemination and discussion of research as well as facilitation
of communication between students, scholars, elders, and community members. As such, First
Peoples Studies at Concordia University is honoured to be chosen as the host for the 2015
gathering.


We are inviting papers for a seminar to be hosted at the American Comparative Literature Association's 2015 Annual Meeting, in Seattle, Washington on March 26-29. This seminar explores how settler colonial studies contribute to our study of comparative literature, both within and beyond Anglophone settler spaces. 

Recent scholarship has re-conceptualized settler colonialism as a distinct structure of domination. Despite inherent heterogeneity within settler and indigenous societies, structural opposition between the two continues beyond invasion. As such, ethnic minorities in white settler countries may participate in indigenous dispossession, and third-world postcolonial nation states may have untold histories of settler colonialism. Settler colonial history in the global scale thus entails particularly complex flows of power and structures of relation, whereby one moves vertically (structurally) from being indigenous to being settler (or vise-versa) along the horizontal global flows of migration, invasion, and settlement. In this framework, it may also become possible to examine migrants in Australia, the USA, Canada, and New Zealand for their participation in the settler order, and to query how much settler colonial domination has given legitimacy to states like Taiwan or Japan's many islands and contributed to the ongoing conflicts in Israel or the Chinese borderlands.

In response to these complex networks of relation brought to light by settler colonial studies, this seminar examines the particular challenges and new possibilities in reading literatures comparatively across settler colonial conditions and structural positions, between postcolonial, indigenous, and ethnic literary studies. What may be our new ethos and strategies of reading and how can we engage with the particular temporal and spatial juxtapositions and scaling in settler texts? In what sense may it be productive to study literatures outside of the Anglophone settler colonies as settler colonial? Then, do settler literatures in Chinese, Japanese, or other tongues, invoke distinct literary traditions to narrate settlement and do these narratives produce divergent structures of relation? Perhaps even more importantly, can literary texts effectively narrate and envision the decolonization of settler colonialism? 

We welcomes theoretical and methodological explorations of comparative settler colonial literary studies, close readings of specific sites of settler colonial heterogeneity, or comparative works that investigate relations across locations, languages, or political systems. 

To submit a paper proposal, please visit the ACLA website at http://www.acla.org/settler-colonial-literatures-comparison-0/
For questions, please contact Yu-ting Huang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.