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In the Wake of Red Power Movements

Call for Papers

Theme: In the Wake of Red Power Movements
Subtitle: New Perspectives on Indigenous Intellectual and Narrative Traditions
Type: International Symposium
Institution: Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick
Location: Coventry (United Kingdom)
Date: 15.–16.5.2020
Deadline: 15.3.2020

This symposium explores North American Indigenous intellectual and
narrative traditions that were recovered, reclaimed, or (re-)invented
in the wake of Red Power movements that emerged in the 1960s in the
settler colonial societies of Canada and the USA. It asks: which new
perspectives and visions have been developed over the last 50 years
within Indigenous studies and related fields when looking at
Indigenous land and land rights, Indigenous political and social
sovereignty, extractivism and environmental destruction, oppressive
sex/gender systems, and for describing the repercussions of settler
colonialism in North America, especially in narrative representations?

The symposium is guided by the idea that North American Indigenous
intellectual and narrative traditions developed and recovered since
the 1960s offer new and reclaimed ways of being, organizing, and
thinking in the face of destruction, dispossession, and oppression;
Indigenous ways of writing and righting are connected to ongoing
social struggles for land rights, access to clean water, and
intellectual and socio-political sovereignty; they are, as Maile
Arvin, Eve Tuck, and Angie Morrill (2013) have pointed out, “a gift”
from which most academic disciplines can benefit greatly.

In the face of ongoing exploitations of Indigenous knowledges and
resources, it is paramount that researchers who focus on Indigenous
intellectual and narrative traditions, especially those who come from
settler-colonial backgrounds, carefully examine their implications in
settler-colonial ways of dispossession. It is in this context that
the symposium encourages self-reflectivity and invites participants
from all positionalities to include reflections on how to act, think,
and write in a non-appropriative manner about the intellectual
achievements of Indigenous academics, activists, artists from North
America. What kind of challenges does an engagement with Indigenous
intellectual and narrative achievements from North America pose, and
how do these achievements enable their audience to think differently
and to develop visions that go beyond settler colonial hegemonies
that make themselves felt in customs, laws, property-relations, or
gender roles?

Possible topics include:

- North American Indigenous intellectual and narrative traditions
 that emerged or were rediscovered over the last 50 years; 
- Indigenous representations of land and water, community-building,
 the other-than-human world; 
- connections and frictions among and within different Indigenous
 traditions and/or settler societies in North America;  
- Indigenous understandings of sex/gender;
- methodologies for reading across ethnic divides, alliance-building
 tools in academia and activism.

Please send your proposals (max. 300 words) plus a short bio (max.
150 words) to by March 15, 2020. You will be
notified by March 29, 2020, if your paper is accepted. For any
questions, please refer to the organizer Dr. Doro Wiese, IAS,
University of Warwick.

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Mishuana Goeman
Associate Professor of Gender Studies, UCLA

Dr. Robert Warrior
Distinguished Professor of American Literature & Culture, University
of Kansas


Dr. Doro Wiese
Institute of Advanced Study
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 24 76150565