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.


It’s time to assemble and submit your proposals for the Seventh Annual Meeting of NAISA, June 4-6, 2015 in Washington DC!

The online abstract collector is now up and running, and ready to accept your proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtables and film screenings. You will first need to create an account on the website (see link below), and then enter and submit your proposals.

Enter proposals at All of the detailed information about proposals can be found on the website. Deadline is November 3, 2014.

Please also consider volunteering to chair panels that the Program Committee will assemble out of individual paper submissions. To volunteer, use the "Volunteer to Chair a Panel" tab.

All persons working in Native American and Indigenous Studies are invited and encouraged to apply. Proposals are welcome from faculty and students in colleges, universities, and tribal colleges; from community-based scholars and elders; and from professionals working in the field.

Before submitting a proposal, please review the Guidelines for Preparing Abstracts for NAISA. All those accepted to the Program must be a NAISA member and must register for the meeting.
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The School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, NM invites applications for its 2015–16 Resident Fellowships for Native Scholars.

SAR awards fellowships each year to scholars who have completed their research and analysis and who need time to think and write about topics important to the understanding of humankind. Two of these awards are restricted to Native scholars:

Katrin H. Lamon Fellowship for a Native American scholar, either pre- or post-doctoral, who works in the humanities or the social sciences.

Anne Ray Fellowship for a Native scholar with a Master’s or PhD in the arts, humanities, or social sciences to work on their own writing or curatorial research project. This may include research and writing for a future exhibition at an arts or cultural institution. In addition, the fellow will provide mentorship to the two Anne Ray interns working at the Indian Arts Research Center and help guide their intellectual development while facilitating their engagement with other scholars on the SAR campus.

Resident scholars may approach their research from anthropology or from related fields such as history, sociology, art, and philosophy. Competitive proposals have a strong empirical dimension, meaning that they address the facts of human life on the ground. They also situate the proposed research within a specific cultural or historical context and engage a broad scholarly literature. Applicants should make a convincing case for the intellectual significance of their projects and their potential contribution to a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

SAR provides resident scholars with low-cost housing and office space on campus, a stipend up to $40,000, library assistance, and other benefits during a nine-month tenure, from September 1 through May 31.

Deadline for applications is November 1st, 2014.

For more information on resident scholar fellowships and other SAR programs, please visit .

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The broad use of Vizenor-created theoretical terms in many different academic fields (e.g. law, literature, anthropology, sociology, museum studies, etc.) highlights the fact that Vizenor Studies represents a significant interdisciplinary conversation within the broader field of Indigenous Studies. As such, the editors of Transmotion will look for submissions of critical essays that do any of the following:

Look at Vizenor’s work directly, as well as the work of related authors and theorists in the field
Employ Vizenor’s theory to look at other writers
Continue Vizenor’s project of bringing together traditional indigenous knowledges and Asian or European continental philosophy
Explore the inter-relation of image and text, art and literature, in Vizenor’s work
Contribute to recent developing conversations in contemporary Native American art and literature, in relation to questions of visual sovereignty, visuality, and ethics.
Offer innovative, surprising, unexpected and creative critique of American Indian literatures or other creative arts
Emphasize experimental, theoretical, and avant-garde Native North American work

The journal will also accept creative or hybrid work, provided that such work aligns aesthetically with the aforementioned editorial emphasis. The editors particularly welcome submissions of innovative and creative works that exploit digital media.

Transmotion is hosted by the University of Kent and produced in collaboration with European University Cyprus, California State University San Bernardino and the University of Georgia, under a Creative Commons license. All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed, in a process reviewed by our editorial board, who will also approve each issue.

Enquiries regarding submission are welcome and may be sent to the editors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Scholarly articles should be 20-25 pages in length, prepared according to the MLA Style Manual. Creative work can be of any length. We are also very keen for scholars to put themselves forward as potential book reviewers and to volunteer to be anonymous peer reviewers.

Information regarding on-line submissions of full drafts can be found at:


David J. Carlson (California State University San Bernardino)
James Mackay (European University Cyprus)
David Stirrup (University of Kent)
Laura Adams Weaver (University of Georgia)
Editorial Board

Jennifer Andrews (University of New Brunswick)
Scott Andrews (California State University Northridge)
Kimberly Blaeser (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee)
Jill Doerfler (University of Minnesota Duluth)
Hsinya Huang (National Sun Yat-sen University)
A. Robert Lee (University of Murcia)
David L. Moore (University of Montana)
Margaret Noodin (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee)
Jace Weaver (University of Georgia)
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Conference: “Brothers and Sisters in Arms: Historicising Indigenous Military Service”

Australian Catholic University, Melbourne

25-26 June 2015

The centenary of the First World War has generated significant interest globally in the role Indigenous peoples played in that conflict. Despite centuries confronting European colonialism, Indigenous peoples from around the world served in numerous twentieth century European conflicts, apparently fighting for the very states that were responsible for their oppression and in locations often far removed from home. Across different wars and cultures their treatment, motivations to serve and roles within the armed forces varied, and over time military service has formed a central role in many Indigenous cultures around the world.

This transnational conference will explore the long histories of Indigenous military service. We invite paper abstracts from anyone whose work looks at any aspect of Indigenous peoples and the military. Themes may include:

•Indigenous motivations to serve
•Governments and Indigenous military service
•Indigenous servicewomen
•Gender, sexuality, Indigenous cultures and the military
•Indigenous units
•Indigenous peoples on the home front
•The veteran experience
•Commemorations and memories of Indigenous service
•Cultural representations of Indigenous service
•Military service and colonialism
•Frontier wars and Indigenous service history

Confirmed conference keynote speakers include Professor Emeritus, Tom Holm (University of Arizona, and Dr Teresia Teaiwa (Victoria University, Wellington,

Abstracts of no more than 150 words, along with a brief biography, should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 30 November 2014. Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers are strongly encouraged to send abstracts. Details about possible publication opportunities will be forthcoming.

We have a small amount of funding to provide a limited number of bursaries to subsidise international travellers, especially postgraduate students and early career researchers without institutional support. If you require financial assistance, please include with your abstract a brief outline of the funding available to you (i.e. home institution conference funding).

Any enquiries may be directed to conference convenors:

Dr. Noah Riseman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Dr. Catherine Bishop (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
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Contact Luana Ross: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are seeking submissions for a special issue of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal on “Native Criminalization and Prisonization.” Submissions may include scholarly essays, research articles, personal narratives, interviews, and oral histories, poetry, short stories, and commentary.

Current data indicate that Native peoples in the United States and Canada are overrepresented in jails and prisons. Articles should focus on any aspect of criminalization and prisonization of Indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada.

Specific themes for the journal include:
* Federal policies (e.g., VAWA or the Indian Act)
* Traditional Indigenous methods of social control (police societies, etc.)
* Community policing (e.g., Village Public Safety Officer Program)
* Experiences of imprisonment
* Problem-solving courts (drug, mental health, homeless, veterans courts)
* Re-entry programs
* Criminalizing homelessness
* How to decrease recidivism
* Indigenous concepts of rehabilitation
* Alternatives to incarceration
* Alternatives to criminalization
* Prison subculture
* Sex trafficking
* Juvenile justice
* Child incarceration
* Personal stories of incarceration (poetry and short stories welcome)

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than October 17, 2014.

Luana Ross, Guest Editor AICRJ
Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
Box 354345, Padelford Hall ¡ University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98117 ¡ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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