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.


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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