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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.


How are Indigenous definitions of sovereignty ‘written’ differently across Indigenous song, dance, oratory, pictographs and other expressive and material culture? How are these senses of sovereignty shared and experienced differently through their specific performative, linguistic, and material forms? While scholars have engaged the various activisms, affirmations and assertions of visual sovereignty (Rickard 1995, Raheja 2010), this seminar seeks to extend Indigenous theorizations of sovereignty in relation to other art form and other sensory domains. Participants are invited to compare the written, visual and aural political-aesthetic impacts of Indigenous law and protocol, and examine how different forms of Indigenous expression act not simply as the modes by which political messages are conveyed, but as forms of politics in and of themselves. Further questions participants might address include the following: How do written, sung, beaded or spoken ‘documents’ represent Indigenous law, or enact models of treaty and land title? How do protocols across Indigenous Nations and peoples affirm sovereignty and/or challenge Western conceptions of law? In what ways might we consider Indigenous aesthetic ‘acts’ similar or different to performative speech acts? In both contemporary and traditional forms, how do these various “song acts”, “dance acts” and even “beading acts” balance political efficacy with aesthetic engagement? How do such acts speak to Indigenous peoples, other-than-human relations, and settler publics? Interested participants across disciplines are encouraged to submit abstracts that pertain to written, visual, aural, and kinetic forms of Indigenous sovereignty, in addition to other affective and sensory registers (olfactory, gustatory).

To submit a proposal for this seminar please do so on the ACLA webpage: http://www.acla.org/sensate-sovereignty

For questions, please contact Dylan Robinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


7th annual NAISA meeting
June 4-6, 2015
Washington, DC

Panel CfP: Settler Colonial Biopolitics and Indigenous Lifeways

Biopolitics has recently received considerable attention as a central paradigm of settler colonialism in various national and continental contexts (Mark Rifkin, Scott L. Morgensen, Michael R. Griffiths, Morgan Brigg, among others). What might be most notable about these analyses is how the attempts to biopolitically regulate Indigenous peoples strongly depend on Indigenous peoples’ utter depoliticization. In exercising biopolitics, settler colonial nation-states deny Indigenous nations the status of political entities in their own right, and ascribe to them instead the position of a population group among other groups that populate the territory over which a settler nation-state claims undisputed sovereignty. The main defining characteristic of the thus constituted indigenous population group is its separation via a “biopolitical caesura “(Joseph Pugliese) from the body politic proper of the settler nation-states, which also makes up the basis for government policies towards Indigenous peoples via their construction as an homogenous group, a biopolitical unit of, e,g, in the U.S., “Indians.” It is thus arguably a means by which settler colonial nation-states constitute their own norm and create ways to insist on it as a newly established normativity. Furthermore, as Foucault has famously traced biopolitics to a shift in sovereign rule that ‘makes live’ and helps to produce and foster lives of subjects, this construction of settler normativities includes a classification of life according to which biopolitical practices operate that foster some life forms and lifeways while restricting, limiting, or abandoning others by ‘declassifying’ them.

A discussion of settler-Indigenous relations under the adage of biopolitics thus offers the opportunity to ask how the founding moments of settler colonial nation states in their devaluation of Indigenous nations as polities and of Indigenous lives as worthy of consideration are intertwined, and continue to be significantly embedded in the mechanisms and the structures of settler colonial nation-states today. Furthermore, and maybe even more importantly, it poses the question to which degree Indigenous lifeways – manifest in the realms of the social, political, economic, bodily, sexual, and spiritual, among others, and grounded in distinct traditions and practices – may illustrate Indigenous epistemologies (forms, concepts, knowledges) and politics of life that counter, oppose or in other ways interact with dominant settler colonial biopolitics. In this manner, it is the stated goal of the workshop to consider and explore ‘life,’ which settler cultures define for Indigenous peoples predominantly as an apolitical and largely ahistorical existence, as a central concept and category for the political analysis and critique in settler-Indigenous relations, evolving formations of sovereignty and agency, and in concentrated efforts toward decolonization. This panel thus invites papers from all areas of study and all contexts of settler-Indigenous relations seeking to explore the complex relations and interactions between biopolitics and Indigenous lifeways with a specific interest in discussing the potential, or limits, of ‘life’ as a critical concept and political category in Indigenous Studies.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

- Concepts and politics of life and lifeways in Settler Colonial and Indigenous Studies
- Realms/practices of Indigenous lifeways and colonial biopolitical techniques/regulations
- (De)classifications of life and forms of life in settler-Indigenous relations (hierarchies, caesura, relationality)
- Biopolitics, normativities, and the naturalization of settler colonial rule
- Indigenous lifeways and questions of sovereignty, agency, and decolonization
- Indigenous bodies, lands, lives/lifeways and settler colonial biopolitics


Please send an abstract of up to 300 words and a short CV including your current affiliation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 24, 2014. I will notify you whether you have been accepted to the panel proposal by end of October. For any queries, please contact me via the same email address.

Dr. René Dietrich
Mainz University, Germany
American Studies
http://www.blogs.uni-mainz.de/fb05-amerikanistik/biopolitics-and-native-american-life-writing/