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.


This special issue of Canadian Literature was inspired by the inaugural gathering of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA), entitled “The Arts of Community,” which was held at Six Nations of the Grand River in October 2015. Seeking to catalyze and continue the conversations developed at that event, Canadian Literature invites submissions that explore new ways of thinking about Indigenous literary arts and community engagement.

We invite submissions by scholars, knowledge-keepers, artists, and community members that consider questions pertaining to community and Indigenous literature. We welcome academic papers, as well as creative critical pieces in alternative formats, for potential inclusion in a print issue of the journal and/or an affiliated online resource hub at We are particularly interested in work that pursues strategies for moving beyond academic lip-service regarding “community consultation,” which too often replicates colonial power structures, and instead discusses methods of building relationships among scholars, artists, educational institutions, and Indigenous communities and nations based on reciprocity and respect. We therefore solicit submissions that engage with Indigenous literary arts to consider how research can become more accountable to the interests, concerns, and intellectual pursuits of Indigenous communities. Imagining literary creativity expansively, we welcome work that engages with literature, film, theatre, storytelling, song, hip hop, and other forms of narrative expression.

While open to all submissions dealing with Indigenous literary arts, we encourage work that engages with the following topics:

• the reciprocal influences of the arts on the meaning of “community” and of communities on the meaning of “art”
• the role of narrative arts in depicting, defining, addressing, and creating Indigenous communities
• the role of Indigenous communities in refining, expanding, and challenging understandings of art
• the responsibilities of artists and/or scholars to the communities of which they are part and to the communities addressed by and in their work
• the ethics of mobilizing and/or demobilizing community-specific Indigenous knowledge in scholarship or art
• the capacity of methodologies and practices prioritized in Indigenous literary studies to serve the needs of Indigenous communities

Given the significance of place to Indigenous understandings of community, and in acknowledgement of the territories in which the inaugural gathering of ILSA was held, we also invite work dealing with Haudenosaunee narrative arts, the literary history (and future) of Six Nations, and the legacy of E. Pauline Johnson Tekahionwake.

The deadline for submissions is March 15th, 2016. All papers submitted will undergo a formal peer review process through Canadian Literature. Essays should follow current MLA bibliographic format (MLA Handbook, 7th ed.) Maximum word length for articles is 6500 words, which includes endnotes and works cited.
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Call for NAISA Officer Nominations: (Deadline extended to December 3)
The NAISA election process is underway with the opening of the nominations process. The Nominations Committee will be accepting nominations from Thursday November 5, 2015 until Thursday December 3rd, 2015. The Committee will take these recommendations under advisement as we assemble a full slate of candidates for the ballot that, to the best of our abilities, represents the geographic and interdisciplinary breadth of the association membership.

This year the NAISA membership will be electing a President-elect, a Secretary, two members for Council, and two members for the Nominations Committee (full role descriptions below). Please follow parameters below to nominate a colleague, or yourself, for one of these six leadership positions. Self-nominations are strongly encouraged!

To nominate: Please send the following information to

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1. Nominee’s name
2. Nominee’s email address
3. Their university or community affiliation
4. The title of the position for which you are recommending this nominee
5 Why this person would be well suited for that position.
6. How long and in what capacity the nominee has been involved with NAISA

*Please note that only active members of NAISA are eligible to run and serve, but members of the NAIS Journal Editorial Board are not eligible.
Any member of NAISA may participate in the nominations process. As a young organization, NAISA absolutely relies on its membership to take an active role in the elections process. The NAISA officers play a critical role to ensure the day-to-day needs of the organization are met, and they contribute to the longevity of the organization. Your participation in the election process provides a vital service to NAISA and is greatly appreciated.

On behalf of the Nominations Committee, Thank You!
Glen Coulthard and Danika Medak-Saltzman, Co-Chairs
NAISA Nominations Committee Members:
Patrisia Gonzales
Nepia Mahuika
Julie Reed
Niiganwewidam Sinclair
NAISA Officer Role Descriptions

For additional role descriptions see the NAISA Constitution and Bylaws here:
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The School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, NM invites applications for its 2016 Summer Scholar Fellowships.

SAR awards fellowships each year to several scholars in anthropology and related fields to pursue research or writing projects that promote understanding of human behavior, culture, society, and the history of anthropology. Scholars from the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply.

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 summer scholars a small stipend, a rent-free apartment and office on campus, an allowance account, library support, and other benefits during a seven-week tenure, which starts in mid-June.

Two types of fellowships are available:

• Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Fellowship. Up to three residential fellowships are available each summer for doctoral level scholars and PhD candidates in the social sciences, humanities, or arts.

• William Y. and Nettie K. Adams Fellowship in the History of Anthropology. One residential fellowship is available each summer for a doctoral level scholar or PhD candidate whose project focuses on the history of anthropology.

Deadline for applications is January 11, 2016.

For more information on summer scholar fellowships and other SAR programs, please visit our website.
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Call for Applicants to Indigenous Writer-in-Residence Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research

The School for Advanced Research (SAR), with the generous support of Lannan Foundation, is seeking applicants for the Indigenous Writer-in-Residence fellowship. The purpose of this fellowship is to advance the work of an indigenous writer pursuing their creative project while enabling them to interact with local scholarly, artist, and Native communities. The fellowship runs from mid-June to early August and is open to writers indigenous to the United States or Canada. The fellow is provided with a $6,000 stipend, on-campus housing, studio space, supplies allowance, library support, and travel reimbursement to and from SAR.

The deadline to apply is Monday, January 11. For more information and to access our online application system, please visit and click on the Programs link or call Maria Spray at 505-954-7237.
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In addition to our annual, general recruitment for our graduate program, the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary also offers special recruitment opportunities for students.

Dr. Roberta Rice and Dr. Daniel Voth are seeking to recruit up to two students into our graduate program at the PhD and/or MA level in the area of Indigenous Politics generally, and decolonization, political history and governance innovation in Canada and/or Latin America, in particular.

These positions come with a special Indigenous Politics funding package of up to $30,000 for a PhD and $24,000 for a MA student in Year I (our normal competitive funding package applies in Year II).
Apart from the regular opportunities to act as a teaching assistant, a student recruited into the Indigenous Politics graduate position may have the opportunity to collaborate on research in the areas decolonization and governance innovation in Canada and/or Latin America.

For information about the Indigenous Politics recruitment, 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..
For general information about our graduate program, please contact the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Joshua Goldstein This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To Apply:

Deadline: January 15, 2016
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