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.


There still are a few rooms left in the conference block at the Hyatt Regency (the conference hotel – for which reservations need to be made by May 11 to get the conference rate), but we’ve also secured blocks of rooms at another nearby hotel:

- The Doubletree -- 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW (1.7 miles from the Hyatt Regency) – rooms at $189 per night (plus tax) – reservations must be made by May 13 -- 1-800-492-5195 (remember to tell them it’s for NAISA)
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New deadline: May 15
The Council of NAISA invites nominations for the best student paper prize to be presented at the Seventh Annual meeting of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association in Washington, DC, from June 4-6, 2015. Only presenters and papers ALREADY accepted for presentation at the 2015 annual meeting are eligible for nomination. Papers may be self-nominated or nominated by any NAISA member. A prize committee comprised of NAISA Council members and other NAISA (faculty) members will choose a winner to be announced in Washington DC at the reception following the Presidential Plenary. Papers must be paginated, left margin justified, double-spaced, and may not exceed 4,000 words, not inclusive of references/endnotes. However, elaborating footnotes do count as part of the word count. Longer papers, or those that do not follow required formatting instructions, will not be considered. Please put your name, NAISA session number, and word count (exclusive of references/bibliography) directly after your name on your title page. While nomination is permitted by someone other than the student, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to submit his or her finished conference paper by the deadline, Friday, May 15, 2015 at midnight (EST) via WORD attachment to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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Cultural StudiesCritical Methods Special Issue
Settler Colonialism and Cultural Studies:
Toward a Critical Epistemology of Sovereignty, Disappearance, and Solidarity

Guest Editor: Aimee Carrillo Rowe
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Settler Colonial Studies comprises a body of scholarship of emerging importance in Native American Studies, feminist studies, queer theory, and ethnic studies. Native Studies scholars working in feminist and queer theory like Jodi Byrd, Joanne Barker, Jennifer Denetdale, Dian Million, Mishuana Goeman, Audra Simpson, Andrea Smith, Mark Rifkin, and Scott Morgensen have explored how cultural productions remain complicit with ongoing settlement, both in everyday practices and intellectual projects like queer studies, feminist studies, and critical race studies. This special issue of Cultural StudiesCritical Methods leverages settler colonialism as a theory, method, and critical affective project to revise cultural studies and its underlying assumptions about sovereignty, racialization, imperialism, and Indigeneity. Cultural studies theorizations of race, space, and colonization have yet to adequately grapple with the politics of settlement; whiteness must be more fully interrogated as a settler project, especially within U.S. contexts; imperialism must be theorized as productive of, but not equal to settler colonialism; and popular cultural studies might be radically rethought through a critical examination of pervasive representations that disappear first nations people.
Settler colonial studies provides a vibrant examination of power relations in its extensive treatment of such topics as: sovereignty, nationalism and nation formation; imperial formations, genocide, removal, colonial legacies; the politics of landedness, space and place; intersectionality, queer theory, and gender studies; race, racialization, and white supremacy; affect studies; materiality, environmentalism, and new materialism; tourism and travel. Following Jodi Byrd, authors in this special issue are invited to ask how settler colonialism’s violence and genocide shape cultural production and political movements, including critical intellectual projects like cultural studies, or how Jasbir Puar’s work can interrogate the homonationalism upon which settlement, land theft, and ongoing forms of genocide are maintained, normalized, and erased within the popular imaginary.
New approaches to a variety of the above topics – including sovereignty and modern nation formation; imperialism; landedness in relation to space and place; intersectionality and queer and gender studies; race, racialization and white supremacy; affect studies, materiality and new materialism – are of urgent importance to cultural studies practitioners. Yet, with the exception of a handful of scholars, treatments of settler colonialism have largely remained undertheorized in cultural studies, where concepts like “settlers” and “settlement” appear as secondary categories—if they appear at all. For instance, while postcolonial critics have attended to settler colonialism in their theorizations of nation state and imperial formations, the “post” remains a vexed term in Native Studies, where any move to place colonialism in the past risks reifying the myth of the disappearing Indian. As Byrd’s rigorous theoretical treatment reveals, the category of the indigenous savage is the condition of possibility for Western thought, invisibly structuring the production of seemingly critical concepts that circulate within cultural studies, like freedom, history, origin, and difference.
This special issue of CSCM considers the political stakes of the marginalization of settler colonial studies within cultural studies and expands, revises, and repurposes the scope of the field’s inquiry, politics and archive. Potential Projects might consider topics such as the following:
• Epistemologies, methods, and processes of settler colonialism
• Intersectionality, racialization and settlement, settlers of color, and comparative ethnic studies
• Sovereignty, nation formation, landedness, space and place
• Settlement, capitalism, neoliberalism, and globalization
• Erasure, disappearance, loss, and resistance in the production of indigenous identities, epistemologies, and settler knowledge
• “Felt theory,” affect, relationality, solidarity, and spatial and temporal productions
• Rituals, daily practices, and ceremony
• Materialism, vibrancy, matter, environmentalism, and Indigenous epistemologies
• Indianness, disappearance, savagery and conquest in cultural and theoretical productions
• Indigeneity, violence, genocide, and the prison industrial complex
• Roots, routes, and returns

Deadlines for submission:
• Please send your title and abstract to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 1, 2015
• Papers will be sent for review by September 1, 2015
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NAISA contracted for about 1080 hotel rooms for the conference at $229 per night, and Hyatt currently has bookings for about 1175 at that price. Although the official cutoff for booking rooms at $229 is May 11, Hyatt will not give us any additional rooms at that rate, since we’ve well exceeded the number of rooms from our contract (and they’re otherwise selling rooms during the conference for around $330).

However, Hyatt did agree to give us ten more rooms per night at $279, but that rate will not continue past May 11.

If you have not already booked a room, I would encourage you to do so quickly.

***If you already have reserved a room but are unsure whether or not you will use it, please make that decision ASAP and unbook it so that others can take advantage of the lower rate.***
(Any reservations that are cancelled after May 11 will revert to the hotel’s regular stock and will not be available at either $229 or $279.)
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University of Alberta
Faculty of Native Studies,
Faculty of Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences with
Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta present
The International Association for the Study of the Commons
15th Biennial Global Conference
May 25-29, 2015
Edmonton Alberta

As long as the river flows…. (Treaty 8, 1899)

The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies is hosting the 15th Biennial Global Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons with the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences and Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta in Edmonton from May 25-29, 2015. The conference is focused on many issues of environmental and social justice for Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities globally. Participants from over 50 countries will be gathering for the five day conference at Edmonton's Shaw Conference Centre. Keynote speakers, workshops and sessions include world recognized Indigenous and community leaders, activists, NGOs, scholars and students interested in learning more about such issues as community well-being, climate change, community-based resource management, water sustainability, biodiversity conservation and Indigenous rights and governance…
REGISTER ONLINE by May 15th and learn more at
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