Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

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V Intercultural Encounter of Amerindian Literature(s) & Culture(s)
Self-Writing, Extractivism, and Bird Songs
Bogotá, Colombia, 25-29 April 2018
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana | National Library of Colombia | FILBO International Book Fair of Bogotá.
Visit: (Spanish)
The indigenous languages ​​and literatures of the Americas and the Abya Yala make up one of the fields of intercultural creation more dynamic and critical of the contemporary world. Countless narrators, writers, and creators in hundreds of native languages ​​as well as in languages of the colonial legacy, interweaved their voices, calling on hegemonic societies and (re) planting knowledge(s) in multiplicity of ways to see, feel, and recreate the stories that make us human.
For this V Intercultural Encounter, we call creators, professors, researchers, and students who are in dialogue with and from the multiple places of interpellations and epistemological utterances of the indigenous world. We call for papers on intercultural education, creation,  and research from a wide range of themes, nuances, and explorations.
In the face of the continental conjuncture of a "new" extractive economy in which ancestral territories and first peoples are affected, the current indigenous cultural production is responding critically to such processes. We call participation in the form of recitals, performances, panels and keynote speakers on these issue.
In the most diverse hemisphere, Colombia presents the greatest diversity of birds on the planet. Through ancestral knowledge, via oral tradition and today through textualities and visualities, a poetic platform is in dialogue with birds. We call to reflect on the human-bird and human-not/human relationship, considering that the current indigenous practices are also epistemological fields that play key roles in the inter-species dialogue as well as in a respectful balance with Mother Earth. We also call on research and works of and about indigenous creators in the field of Self-Writing(s), understanding it as the forms of communication that transcend notation, phonetics, and grammar and that are able to articulate through gestures, visuals, graphics, uses of the body, and various traditional writings (weaving, ceramics, basketry, body painting, etc.) processes of cultural revival, autonomy, and self-awareness.

Central Themes: Self-Writing, Extractivism and Bird Songs
EILA is conceived as a meeting that allow analogous and dissimilar processes to take place in conviviality. It postulates the continuity and diversity of Amerindian projects, their links to ancestrality(ies) and modernity(ies). EILA originated in the meeting between indigenous creators and academic researchers from the continent, and was formalized as an intercultural meeting space by academics of Universidad Austral de Chile and the National University of San Marcos, Peru.
Previous encounters have taken place in Valdivia (Chile), Lima (Peru), Iquitos (Amazonia/Peru), and La Paz (Bolivia). The V EILA seeks to open communication channels that allow to strengthen the study and appreciation of the verbal arts, oralities, literature(s), visuality(ies),
Indigenous writings and indigenous cultures. Studies based on the following themes will be also considered in the form of individual proposals and/or panel presentations:
1. Critical Narratives and Poetics departures on the Impacts of Extractivism on Indigenous and collective territories.
2. Bird Songs. Dialogues between sciences, poetic and narrative knowledge about birds. Ornithology(ies) in dialogue.
3. Oralituras (literary writings that evoke and incorporate oralities, visuals, gestures and community knowledge).
4. Oraliteratures (oral or translatable oral orthography).
5. Intercultural education projects in which indigenous languages ​​and literature(s) fulfill a particular role. Archives, editorial projects, blogs, web pages, libraries, collections, etc.

6. Comparative Indigenous literatures and World literatures.
7. Native language(s) ​​and literary creation.
8. Communitivisms (community activism from and through literature and the arts).
9. State of the theoretical-critical proposals of and from Amerindian literature(s).
10. Conceptualizations about the verbal genres of the indigenous verbal arts.
11. Visual literature(s) and codes of orality-writing complementarity beyond alphabetical (own writings).
12. Textuality(ies) and Visuality(ies) (literature and film, literature and radio, literature and documentary, etc.).
13. Proposals on other literary histories of the Abya Yala.
14. Afro-indigenous and narrative studies on reconciliation and peacebuilding.

1. Conversations and recitals.
2. Panel presentations: individual academic presentations (panels of maximum four
Panelists -15 minutes per person) or three panelists (20 minutes per person).
3. Performances, exhibition, and mini festival of indigenous film and video.
4. Short workshops on indigenous languages ​​in contexts of literary creation.
5. Small fair of books, arts and crafts that the speakers and registered assistants wish to
present and offer.

Venues (in Bogotá, Colombia. South America)
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. National Library of Colombia. FILBO (International Book Fair Bogotá). 

Date: April 25-29, 2018.

Languages ​​of the Meeting
All the current languages ​​of indigenous peoples. Spanish, Portuguese, English, French. For papers in indigenous languages, additional time would be offered to facilitate the translation (upon request when sending proposal).

Registration and Deadlines | Submission of proposals
Open call for panels and individual papers.
- July 19 to October 16, 2017
October 25, 2017: Accepted proposals will be announced.
October 26 to November 10, 2017: registration of participants.
November 29, 2017: First draft of the program will be published under previous registration of speakers, who may choose to pay the registration with a discount of 20% (via website: or registration without discount on the opening day of the meeting.
February 1 to February 28, 2018: Registration of attendees (via website:
March 13, 2018: Publication final program.
All speakers and attendees must register at the stipulated dates, through the inscription available on the website:
Participants and creators must follow the deadlines indicated previously. Submissions will be assessed by sending the following material:
1. Indigenous creators: Summary of your work (one page description of your work as creator); the biographical note must not exceed 250 words. You must attach a brief sample of your production (electronic file, audio or video of a performance, narration, oral history, song). Please attached at least tree poems, a short story in pdf or send a link in which your production is  accessible (or published). Indicate what kind of format for presentation you wish to present at the encounter.
2. Researchers, critics, and academics: 250 word summary of a paper (it should be linked to a project, line of research -book, article, essay, or the development, progress or outcome of a
postgraduate thesis). In all cases, the academic institution and discipline must be accredited.
Proposals from independent researchers with due justification will also be considered.

About the sending of the proposals (July 19 to October 16, 2017)
The acceptance of the proposals of papers will be done according to the order of arrival. There will be no communication via e-mail with the participants prior the due date (due to the large number of proposals to be received). For inquiries should be consulted the basis of the call. In
case of an urgent communication or consultation write in the subject urgent communication.

Proposals should indicate:
- Title of the paper (specify if it is part of a panel. Panel please send the complete proposal. In any case, all speakers must submit their proposal and make their subsequent individual registration).
- Affiliation of each participant.
- Summary of no more than 250 words.
- Specify in which language your paper will be presented.
- Keywords.

Registration (for all participants)
1. Speakers (professionals): $ 70 USD.
2. Indigenous Creators: Creators will not be charged for registration (there is, however, a
limited number of spaces available, after submission of your proposal).
3. Undergraduate and Graduate students with proven ID: $ 30 USD.
A limited number of student papers will be accepted, depending on the order of arrival of and the evaluation of the academic committee.
4. Attendees (general public): $ 20 USD.
• There will be a 50% discount on registration for speakers accredited as members of first nations (indigenous peoples). For indigenous students accredited as such, 30 seats will be offered (15 nationals and 15 International) by order of registration.
• Registration is obligatory for those who wish attend EILA V.
• The registration fee does not include food, transportation or accommodation

Organization, Organizing Committee and Academic Committee:
The EILA V will be based in Bogotá, Colombia, with participation of the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM), Peru; Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh); and the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore (MUSEF) of Bolivia.

Organizing Committee and co-chair:
Miguel Rojas Sotelo (Duke University,CLACS).
Miguel Rocha Vivas (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana).

Support team:
Nathali Cedeño (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana).
Iván Vargas (Duke University).
Angie Lucía Puentes (PUJ).
Sarai Gómez (Universidad Santo Tomás).

Academic Committee:
Dr. Claudia Rodríguez Monarca (UACh).
Dr. Gonzalo Espino Relucé (UNMSM).
Manuel Cornejo Chaparro (CAAAP)
Dr. Miguel Rocha Vivas (PUJ)
Dr. Miguel Rojas Sotelo (Duke University).
Dr. María Piedad Quevedo (PUJ).
Dr. Mancel Martínez (PUJ)

Sponsoring Institutions:
National University of San Marcos (Peru)
Universidad Austral de Chile (Chile)
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)
National Library (Colombia)
University of the Andes (Colombia)
Caro and Cuervo Institute (Colombia)
Santo Tomas University (Colombia)
RIICLI (Colombia, Brazil, Mexico).
Banco de la República, Extención cultural (Guajira, Colombia)
Amazonian Center for Anthropology and Practical Application CAAAP (Peru)
National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore (Bolivia)
Hawansuyo & Pakarina Ediciones (Peru)
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Communications to: V EILA (Angie Puentes)



Tenure-track Faculty

Indigenous Business  

Competition Number: 2017ABL


Simon Fraser University

Metro Vancouver, British Columbia


The Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia seeks outstanding candidates for a tenure-track position to build on the School’s strengths in the study and teaching of Indigenous business.


The School has created and established an Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership, now in its third cohort, which draws students from across Canada and is the only program of its kind outside of New Zealand. The degree is part of SFU’s wider commitment to leadership in the scholarship of Indigenous issues, and community engagement more broadly. The School wishes to complement the development of globally-recognized graduate teaching in Indigenous business with an equally strong research base. It will be the new hire’s primary responsibility to work on and catalyze that research agenda. Meaningful research in this area will be first and foremost publishable in top academic journals, and additionally engaged with real-world issues and communities or organizations. The development of published teaching cases on Indigenous business would make a valuable contribution as part of the successful hire’s impactful research agenda, but ideally only in synergy with rigorous, peer-reviewed publications.


The successful candidate will have a strong research and publication record, or potential to develop such a record, in one or more of our existing areas of business including, but not limited to, organizational behaviour, entrepreneurship, sustainable development, public policy of business or strategy.  We also welcome the interest of exceptional candidates with expertise in Aboriginal contexts who may have been trained in a core discipline like economics, sociology, law or political science, but who can see the potential in pivoting their research agenda to focus on business and related issues. We do expect candidates to be able to demonstrate familiarity with Indigenous business and economic development. Additionally, the candidate must have demonstrated teaching competence at the undergraduate, graduate, and/or executive education levels, with potential to become a very strong teacher to experienced executive MBA students. A Ph.D. is required by August 2018. Candidates of any rank are welcome to apply, however the School has a preference for an assistant or junior associate professor.


The Beedie School of Business is recognized as a top ranked research school, is accredited by both AACSB and EQUIS, and is signatory to Principles for Responsible Management Education. We have programs at the Undergraduate, Masters, Ph.D. and Executive levels, including Canada’s first Executive MBA program.


SFU Beedie was named following a $22 million gift from alumnus Ryan Beedie and his father Keith in 2011. The donation has allowed the school to build on its strong reputation as a global leader in research, while pursuing its strategic vision of developing innovative and socially responsible business leaders with a global perspective through education. The successful candidate will share Beedie’s commitment to diversity, engagement and generating positive change in its communities.


With three award-winning British Columbia campuses located in Burnaby, Surrey and downtown Vancouver, Simon Fraser University offers a strong research environment in a dynamic Pacific Rim setting that is ranked by the Economist Intelligence Unit as the world’s most liveable city. For further details about the Beedie School of Business, visit our website at


Your complete application including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a published work that best represents your current research profile and teaching evaluations, should be submitted in electronic format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please ask three references to send confidential letters of recommendation directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications should clearly specify the competition number (2017ABL) and the position title. Unfortunately, we are unable to process general applications at this time.


For best consideration, complete applications must be received by the initial deadline for applications, November 15, 2017, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. A strong candidate whose job market timing will resolve before November can reach out to us earlier, noting the time conflict. We anticipate the position will start September 1, 2018 or on a mutually agreed upon date.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent residents will be given priority. SFU is committed to the principle of equity in employment and offers equal employment opportunities to qualified applicants. All positions are subject to budgetary approval and approval by the Board of Governors.


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The Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) at Columbia University invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Native American and Indigenous Studies to be shared between the two units. We seek a candidate whose work is attentive to issues of indigeneity, race and ethnicity and grows from an engagement with literary works; these works may include cinematic or other visual texts. We encourage candidates from all relevant areas, periods, and geographies of specialty within the fields of Native American and Indigenous Studies to apply. Teaching responsibilities will be divided equally between the English Department and CSER.  Ph.D. must be awarded by July 1, 2018.  

All applications must be made through Columbia University's Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS) and must include a cover letter, current CV, dissertation abstract, and writing sample of no more than twenty-five pages.  Applicants also should arrange for three letters of reference to be uploaded into RAPS.  For more information and to apply, please go to   

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Wesleyan University invites applications for an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in American Studies. We seek a scholar whose research focuses on the cultures and/or history of indigenous people in North America. The successful candidate will offer courses originating in the American Studies Department. The fellowship includes limited teaching duties and opportunities for scholarly research and professional development. Ph.D. must be received before July 2018 and preferably since 2014. Annual stipend of $50,000, research/travel funds, and health insurance. Renewable for a second year. Applications, including cover letter, CV, a writing sample (either a manuscript of no more than 30 pages or an article), and contact information for three referees must be submitted online at  Inquiries may be directed to Professor J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Director, Center for the Americas, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications received by October 15, 2017 will receive full consideration.  Wesleyan University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected status. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Antonio Farias, VP for Equity & Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator, 860-685-4771, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


IFUSS: The International Forum for U.S. Studies: A Center for the Transnational Study of the United States, at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announces new Fellowships THE 'OTHER' BORDER: Canada and the United States

President Trump's election has drawn increased attention to the U.S.-Mexico border, but it has also resulted in changes on the northern U.S. border. In response to the need to theorize this relationship and its historical and evolving dimensions, IFUSS announces a new project: The ‘Other’ Border.

Up to 5 residential research Fellowships for scholars at all stages of career post-Ph.D., and who are located outside the U.S., are available during February—April of 2018. Perspectives from across the humanities, arts and social sciences are welcome. 

Projects should explore contemporary or historical dimensions of the movement—or impediments to movement—of ideas, people, practices, and goods among and across the populations, state boundaries, or cultural imaginations of the two nations and the nations within their borders as well.

A public symposium will highlight the residency periods which may vary from a minimum of two to a maximum of six weeks on campus, but which must include the week of March 5 –10 when the symposium will be held (on March 8—10). Earliest arrival date possible is February 11, 2018. Latest departure date is April 14, 2018

IFUSS will provide Fellows with the following: campus office space, computer printer usage, economy round trip airfare, simple on campus housing for the duration of the stay, access to our world class library, connections with faculty and students across the campus, and limited administrative support. During Spring Break (March 17—25) Library hours will be limited (typically 8:30am—6pm, weekdays) and no administrative support will be available.

TO APPLY: Please send a 3 page project description and account of work currently done on the project, along with a C.V. and letter of application detailing desired dates, plus one sample of your scholarly work (published or in process, and of no more than 30 pages) to: Dr. David Schrag, IFUSS Program Coordinator at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis commencing August 1 and closing November 1, 2017. Selection will be completed no later than Nov. 15, 2017.

For questions please contact Program Coordinator Dr. David Schrag (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Executive Director of IFUSS Dr. Jane Desmond (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Consulting Director of IFUSS Dr. Virginia Dominguez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN is one of the leading public research-intensive Universities in the United States, home to the third largest academic library in the nation, and one of the most internationally diverse campuses in the States. For more information see: