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.

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..


South Dakota State University is launching the Wokini Initiative an exciting new initiative designed to provide greater access and opportunities for the overarching student success of Native American students.  SDSU is in search of a dynamic, creative and collaborative leader with knowledge of Native American culture in general, and the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota nations in particular to serve as the Wokini Program Director.  The Wokini Program Director will collaborate and coordinate with offices on student recruitment, retention, and success; fundraising; and programming to support South Dakota’s nine tribal nations in pursuit of higher education. The Program Director will report jointly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Student Affairs. SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff.  Women and persons underrepresented in higher education are especially encouraged to apply.  A summary of the main minimum and preferred qualifications, the application deadline, and contact information for questions on position: contact the search committee chair, Nathan Ziegler at 605-688-4099 or 4099 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  To apply, visit, search for the position, and follow the electronic application process. Deadline: October 1st, 2017.  For questions on the electronic employment process, contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128.  SDSU is an AA/EEO employer

York University


Position Rank: Full-Time Tenure Stream – Assistant Professor


Discipline/Field: Indigenous Studies

Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Home Department/Area/Division: Department of Equity Studies

Affiliation/Union: YUFA


Position Start Date: July 1, 2018

Department of Equity Studies

The Department of Equity Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, invites applications for a tenure-stream position in Indigenous Studies with a focus on Indigenous Research Methodologies. This position is at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence July 1, 2018.

The successful candidate will have a completed PhD in Indigenous Studies or in any field in the Social Sciences or Humanities relating to Indigenous Studies, with particular strengths in Indigenous Research Methodologies; will demonstrate excellence or the promise of excellence in scholarly research, teaching and service; will demonstrate an ongoing program of research in Indigenous Studies; and will take part in student engagement and curriculum development as well as outreach to broader Indigenous communities. The successful candidate will be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning is an asset.    

The Department of Equity Studies (DES) is a learning environment that values cultural diversity, promoting and supporting political, cultural, social and economic equalities. Together, students and professors create an environment that enhances voice, empowerment and identity. Professors teaching in DES explore critical theories and real life practices in the areas of human rights, indigenous and multicultural studies. For more information, please visit

York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Wendat, and the Métis. It is now home to many Indigenous Peoples. We acknowledge the current treaty holders and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region. York University is committed to fostering understanding and respect for and connections with Indigenous communities; and the University is working to support the recruitment and success of Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students, the integration of Indigenous cultures, approaches and perspectives into curricular offerings and research, collaboration with Indigenous communities, and recruitment and retention of Indigenous faculty and staff.

Applicants should submit a signed letter of application outlining their professional experience and research interests, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, and a sample of their scholarly writing. Applicants will arrange for three signed confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to Professor Merle Jacobs, Chair, Department of Equity Studies, 302 Atkinson Building, York University, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – (Subject line: “Position in Indigenous Studies”)

Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the forms found at: Please select the "Affirmative Action" tab under which forms pertaining to Citizenship and AA can be found.

The deadline for applications is November 15, 2017. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416‐736‐5713. Consistent with its fundamental commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion, and to promote the recruitment and appointment of Indigenous faculty members and librarians to tenure stream positions, the University invites applications from qualified Indigenous candidates for this position. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and others legally entitled to work in Canada for York University will be given priority.

Posting End Date: November 15, 2017