Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

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Purdue University Department of Anthropology invites applications for the following position to begin August 2018. Assistant Professor of sociocultural anthropology, tenure-track, with a focus on technology, science, or health and medicine. We seek a dynamic scholar with a promising record of publications and funding, an active research agenda, teaching experience, and a commitment to the application of anthropology to humanity’s grand challenges. The successful candidate will join a vibrant and growing department.

Qualifications: PhD in Anthropology or related field is required.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

• Conduct innovative research in areas of technology, science, or health and medicine

• Foster linkages with Engineering, Technology, Health Sciences, Agriculture and/or Purdue’s Interdisciplinary Centers

• Demonstrate an interest in applying anthropology to address humanity’s grand challenges

• Teach introductory, advanced, and graduate courses in cultural anthropology and the areas of specialization

• Demonstrate strong teaching skills and potential to develop field-based, interdisciplinary, cross-listed, and/or service learning anthropology courses

• Prepare students for careers and mentor their development

• Show evidence of a commitment to diversity and promoting a multicultural environment for learning

• Participate in departmental and university administrative activities

The successful candidate will show ability to link to Purdue’s programs or centers addressing society’s grand challenges such as the Medical Humanities Program in the College of Liberal Arts, Center for Aging and the Life Course, Ingestive Behavior Research Center, Purdue Polytechnic Institute and Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering.

Purdue University’s School/Department of Liberal Arts is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Send electronic applications including a CV, a cover letter stating research program, teaching interests, engagement record, and diversity experience, and contact information for three references to: Assistant Professor Search, c/o Brenda Gunion, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Assistant to Head, Department of Anthropology, Purdue University, 700 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2059. For full consideration, applications should be received by October 15, 2017, and review will continue until filled. A background check will be required for employment in this position. For more information about the Department of Anthropology, visit our webpage:

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Instructor or Asst. Prof. in Native American/indigenous studies  

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The Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago invites applications for a faculty position in Native American/indigenous studies. Areas of specialization might include, but are not limited to environmental and resource management studies, finance, gender and sexuality studies, globalization and indigenous-settler colonial relations, law and politics, and museum and visual studies. A goal of the search is to increase faculty diversity, and we therefore welcome applicants who come from historically underrepresented groups.

The successful candidate(s) will be appointed as either an Assistant Professor, or as a Provost Fellow with an initial two-year appointment at the faculty rank of Instructor. This initial period is intended to serve in lieu of a postdoctoral appointment for the same period, during which Provost Fellows will teach one class per year. At the end of the initial term, Provost Fellows will ordinarily be promoted to Assistant Professor.

Appointments may begin as early as July 1, 2018. Candidates are expected to have the PhD in hand, and no more than two years of postdoctoral experience by the time the appointment begins. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. Early submission is encouraged. Applications must be submitted through the University of Chicago's Academic Career Opportunities website,

Applications must include: (1) a current curriculum vitae, (2) a cover letter that describes your research, publication, and professional profile; your research and publication plans for the next 3-5 year period; and your plans for teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels, (3) a one-page précis of your dissertation (dissertation abstract) or most recently published monograph, (4) one sample of scholarly writing (a published article or unpublished paper or chapter), and (5) three letters of reference. Reference letter submission information will be provided during the application process.  


Questions regarding the application process should be sent to Kim Schafer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination at Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-0287 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their request.  


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Indigenous people have long recognized the consciousness of the natural order, in fact, since the beginning of our time. The fundamental premise of Niitsitapi ways of knowing is that all forms of creation possess consciousness. The non-separation of nature and humans is one of the demarcations between Eurocentred and Indigenous philosophy (Betty Bastien, Blackfoot Ways of Knowing).

Humanimalia is planning a special issue to explore current work at the intersection of Critical Indigenous Studies and Human-Animal Studies. Reiterating Kim TallBear’s call to decolonize HAS by moving outside the mainstream of both Anglo-American and continental contributions, we wish to include approaches informed by Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous traditions. We are interested in works that address the lingering existence of settler logics even within the critical Western traditions: nature/culture binaries, subtle essentialisms that continue to prioritize modern liberal values, visions of history that conceal civilizational projects, even the notion of the anthropocene itself. We encourage essays that investigate the many ways non-human life forms have exercised subtle and subterranean forms of power and even control. Indigenousapproaches have never lost the awareness of this truth and the sense of reverence and respect that comes with it.  From so-called creation stories to contemporary accounts of interspecies communication, transformation and erotics, our aim is to make Humanimalia a rich and generative forum for a decolonizing discussion.

Possible topics include:

  • Indigenous feminisms and human/animal studies

  • animality and Indigenous futurism

  • Indigeneity and materiality

  • Settler colonialism and humanimal rebellion

  • Land, location, local knowledge and practice versus extremophile neoliberalism

  • Indigenous interventions: pro-animal politics beyond liberal rights discourse

  • (Con)figuring the humanimal: Indigenous arts

  • Animals and the (so-called) end of nature

  • Rez dogs: animal life in/on Indian land (or: interspecies sovereignties)

 Send abstracts (500-1000 words) and queries by October 1, 2017 to: Robert Geroux (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Istvan Csicsery-Ronay (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Complete essays should be received by December 15, 2017 and should conform to the requirements for publication in Humanimalia
1. PC-compatible files only (MS Word or WordPerfect preferred);
2. required length: 5,000-15,000 words;
3. on a separate page/post, include your name and your postal and e-mail addresses, the title of your essay, and a brief abstract of its contents (3-5 sentences);
3. for the text itself: margins at 1", double spaced, font size 12 pt.;
4. use MLA Style for all documentation;
5. include Notes and Works Cited at the end as regular text. In other words, please do NOT use the "automatic" footnote/endnote function on your word processor to generate these. They sometimes tend to disappear when traveling through cyberspace or when the document is converted. 
Final acceptance will be via the 3-stage peer review and editing process required by the journal.

Please note: Any contribution that is accepted for publication in Humanimalia is done so with the understanding and under the author's warranty (1) that it has not been previously published in English, and will not be published elsewhere until after it has been published in Humanimalia ; (2) that the author will be financially responsible for any legal action taken against Humanimalia by cause of his/her contribution; (3) that Humanimalia retains the right to republish the contribution in any issue or reissue of Humanimalia in any form, including the Humanimalia website, and to reprint it in any anthology sponsored by Humanimalia ; (4) that in any subsequent republication of the contribution, the author will acknowledge its first publication in Humanimalia.

An International Symposium co-sponsored by the Rachel Carson Center, the University of Oregon and the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, University of Otago, New Zealand

University of Hawai’i – Mānoa, June 29 – 30, 2018

Emerging historical scholarship is upending older work on whaling and showcasing it as an ideal medium with which to investigate human relationships with the oceans and with each other. Whales offer investigative bridgeheads into the cultural histories of non-human species, the hidden histories of energy economies, and the complicated histories of cross-cultural contact. Whale histories are demonstrating to environmental historians the various scales, including oceanic scales, with which they can work and are challenging them to consider new forms of evidence and new tools of interpretation. This international symposium aims to bring together the excellent, scholarship integrating the history of Pacific whaling with environmental and cross-cultural history. We seek participants from around the world to convene next year at Honolulu, the center of the Pacific whaling industry. We especially welcome scholarship that engages Pacific and environmental history and examines the crucial linkages between whaling, animal histories, indigenous histories, capitalism, diplomacy, environmental change, and globalization.

Participants will be expected to pre-circulate drafts of works in progress in advance of the symposium. Selected papers will be published as a special issue of Rachel Carson Center’s Perspectives. Travel and lodging costs will be covered by the seminar sponsors. 

For those interested, please email 250-word paper proposals along with a short cv to the symposium conveners by October 1, 2017

Ryan Tucker Jones, University of Oregon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Angela Wanhalla, University of Otago, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Assistant Professor of Comparative American Studies


The Comparative American Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years beginning Fall 2018 and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor. The CAS Program seeks candidates from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields who examine Native American and indigenous experiences through one or more of the following frameworks: empire, race, gender, sexuality, law and politics, transnationalism, culture, community or activism.

The incumbent will teach the standard teaching load (currently 4.5 courses per year) including a regularly offered introductory course in Native American and Indigenous Studies and two other courses in the incumbent’s area of expertise. The Comparative American Studies Program is committed to interdisciplinary and intersectional pedagogy at the undergraduate level. Faculty are expected to integrate issues of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and citizenship within comparative and/or transnational frames in their teaching. The faculty member in this position will also participate in the core CAS curriculum, including Introduction to Comparative American Studies and/or one of our advanced research seminars. The incumbent will also be expected to engage in sustained scholarly research and/or other creative work appropriate to the position and participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising and service on committees.


Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. (in hand or expected by the first semester of academic year 2018-19). Candidates must demonstrate potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Oberlin College believes that diversity is essential to the excellence of our academic program. Applicants are asked to include in their cover letter information about how their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and/or community service will support Oberlin College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion; see Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations and should describe previous activities mentoring minorities, women, or members of other underrepresented groups. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at

A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter that includes an articulation of the applicant’s teaching and scholarship; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) Unofficial transcript; 4) a writing sample of 20-30 pages; and, 5) Letters of Reference from three (3) recommenders*

*By providing three (3) Professional References (names and email addresses), you agree that we may contact them through our applicant web portal. Reference writers will be asked to submit an electronic Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant. Please note: At this time we are unable to accept Letters of Recommendation from an Interfolio email address.


Review of applications will begin on October 13, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the October 13 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.

Questions about the position can be addressed to the search committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..