Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

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Newberry Colloquium
D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies
Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois
May 12-13, 2017

Violence and Indigenous Communities: Confronting the Past, Engaging the Present

Studies of violence against Native peoples have typically focused narrowly on war and massacre. These narratives often cast Indians as simple and passive victims, become trapped by stale debates about the definition of genocide, and consign violence to the safety of the past. While recognizing the reality of war and massacre, this symposium invites paper submissions that take new approaches to the study of violence. We particularly encourage papers that rigorously examine the nature of violence in past and present-day Native communities and explore the intersections of violence with a broad array of themes such as:
o Historical memories, legacies, and mythologies of violence
o Theft and destruction of homelands and environments
o Appropriation of fine arts and cultural heritage
o Gendered and sexual assaults on bodies, families, and communities
o Enslavement and captivity
o Violence within and among Native communities

We urge our participants to address the resilience and agency of Native peoples in the face of such violence. Our hope is to secure examples and cases that help illustrate the complex nature of violent interactions both within Indigenous communities as well as with mainstream society.

We hope that this seminar will provide a public, academic forum for new interpretations of past and present events, from a Native perspective, and we plan to publish selected papers in a volume that will be geared toward classroom teaching. We hope to create an online repository of syllabi for faculty who teach courses in American Indian Studies, U.S. History, World History, and Genocide Studies so that all can draw from these examples when developing or revising similar courses examining violence and Indigenous communities.

Paper abstracts of 200-300 words and a one-page c.v. should be submitted by September 1, 2016 to the D’Arcy McNickle Center, Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois. Abstracts will be reviewed and all participants notified by October 1. Accepted papers of 7,000-10,000 words should be submitted on or before April 1, 2017 and will be distributed in advance to seminar participants. They will be presented at a scholarly colloquium on May 12-13, 2017. Limited travel stipends will be available. Following public presentation, papers will be revised and submitted for publication review on July 1, 2017.

Symposium Coordinating Committee:
Susan Sleeper-Smith, History Department, Michigan State University
Patricia Marroquin Norby, Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center
Jeffrey Ostler, History Department, University of Oregon
Joshua Reid, History and American Indian Studies Departments, University of Washington

Please submit abstracts by September 1, 2016 to: Madeleine Krass (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Sponsored by the department of history, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

American Indian Quarterly (AIQ) is looking for established and new scholars of Native American studies who would like to write book reviews for AIQ. In order to be considered for selection as a reviewer, please contact our book review editor, Trever Holland, with a set of research goals/interests and short CV/Resume at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
AIQ is a peer reviewed, refereed journal that specializes in a wide range of issues pertaining to Native American issues and literature, politics, environmental justice, multimedia, screen studies, and the like. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In September 23 - 27, 2015, two hundred fifty (250) cultural experts, practitioners, and community members from the Hawaiʻi Islands and the Pacific came together at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus to share contributions their practices can have on climate change solutions through the Kaulana Mahina, which is the Hawaiian Moon Calendar.
The ʻAimalama Conference focused on the use of the Kaulana Mahina methodology. This methodology is a place­based environmental literacy practice. It is based on practices affiliated with moon cycles and the data collected by generations of observers who made correlations between each moon phase in order to optimize the outcome of their efforts.
Lunar practices are fundamentally based on ancient wisdom that predates the migrations of the Pacific peoples. This ancient wisdom traveled with our ancestors, guiding them efficiently through their daily activities and also with adaptation to new or changing environments.

With the conference starting in just over 10 day, the Local Host Committee wanted to update attendees about a few things.

1. There is parking available on campus but we strongly encourage folks to utilize the shuttle service provided by NAISA Council. The NAISA shuttle begins at 7:30am at Ala Moana Hotel and runs continuously to UH Mānoa Campus Sinclair Circle. We will have volunteers directing you to Campus Center, the hub for the conference. If you must drive the lower campus parking structure costs $5.00 per day. You can pay for hourly parking in green stalls. More information about where to park and prices are available at this link:

If you have a handicap hang-tag and plan to drive, you are allowed to park anywhere on campus. I recommend parking in or around Varney Circle. Attached is a campus map for your reference.

2. If you need extra assistance or have vision, hearing, or mobility needs, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. We are striving to be a low waste conference. Whenever possible we will be using biodegradable plates, cups, and utensils. We are also arranging to have food waste composted at the UH ag labs and recycling whenever possible. We are asking you to bring a water bottle/thermos that can be refilled throughout the day. We will have water stations available at each building.

4. Finally, because the weather can be a little unpredictable in Mānoa we recommend bringing sunscreen, an umbrella and/or a hat. The local host committee stressed bringing an umbrella because Mānoa is notorious for its sun, rains and rainbows.

Volunteers for staffing registration
The success of our NAISA annual meetings rely on the time, talents, and enthusiasm of our membership, so please consider volunteering your time at our upcoming annual meeting in Hawai'i! For those members willing to contribute five or more hours to volunteering, we can offer a handful of complimentary conference registrations.
If you're interested in volunteering, please take 10 minutes to complete the volunteer form: by April 30th.
If you have questions, please email the volunteer committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for booking with the negotiated rate for the conference at the Ala Moana Hotel has passed. However, if you have not already booked a room, you can still contact them to see if they are willing to honor the conference rate, although they are not obligated to do so.

We also have secured some overflow rooms at the hotels below. (Conference attendees also are free to pursue other options if those seem preferable.) When booking, please note that you're with the NAISA conference.
- Aqua Palms Waikiki – 1850 Ala Moana Blvd -- 30 rooms at $134 per night – cutoff date of May 3 – reservations at (808) 947-7256
- Pagoda Hotel – 1525 Rycroft St. – 30 rooms at $117 (single/double) and $142 (triple) --cutoff date of May 3 -- reservations at (800) 472-4632 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reducing waste
In order to reduce the environmental footprint of the conference, we request that attendees consider bringing water bottles and mugs, to cut down on the amount of trash.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Honolulu!