Call for Proposals: Reckoning & Reconciliation on the Great Plains

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
October 25, 2021
Location: 
Nebraska, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Native American History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Humanities, Race / Ethnic Studies

Great Plains Conference: April 6-8, 2022

The 2022 Great Plains conference asks how residents of the Great Plains can best reckon with the violence, conflict, and abuse that has occurred in our region and move toward healing, justice, and reconciliation. It invites us to remember and honor the painful past, and then to imagine and build new relationships and communities based on respect and dignity for all. People on the Great Plains have suffered dispossession, exile, violence, discrimination, exclusion, exploitation, forcible assimilation, and family separation. Typical accounts of the region often downplay or erase these events. Yet past abuses have contributed to current disparities and inequalities, and our failure to confront them has limited our possibilities to create a fully inclusive and thriving society.

This conference will bring together a wide variety of speakers and activities to reckon with the past while also highlighting the resiliency of people and culture moving forward. The event is designed for community members, local and regional leaders, student groups, the academic community, and anyone interested in these issues. Keynote speaker Walter Echo-Hawk will kick off the following two full days of speakers, cultural events, panels and workshops. Attendees can also enjoy the Contemporary Indigeneity exhibition at the Great Plains Art Museum.


Call for proposals

This conference will reckon with the past while also highlighting the resiliency of people, cultures, and communities moving forward. The event is designed for community members and organizers, local and regional leaders, students, student groups, the academic community, and anyone curious about these issues.

Featured speakers include Walter Echo-Hawk, Hannibal Johnson, Tristan Ahtone, Tara Houska, Paula Palmer, and Jerilyn DeCoteau. The summit will also include roundtables, scholarly panels, workshops, and cultural activities. Attendees can also enjoy the Contemporary Indigeneity exhibition at the Great Plains Art Museum.

DEADLINE: OCTOBER 25, 2021

We especially encourage participants to form groups around three major focus areas:

  • Land dispossession and return
  • Racial violence and repair
  • Environmental harm and justice

We are open to other topics including, but not limited, to:

  • Child removal, family separation, and reunification (including Indian boarding schools, border separations)
  • Borders and migrations
  • Segregation and spatial disparities
  • Internment, detention, incarceration, and containment
  • Repatriation and rematriation
  • Reparations and redress (including apologies, restitution, memorialization, education, and truth and reconciliation commissions)
  • Grassroots community change and activism
  • Trauma and healing
  • Sexual and gendered violence (including #MMIWG2S; #ProtectTransYouth; #BlackTransLivesMatter)
  • Urban and rural divides and relation building

Proposals must be received electronically using the form button below.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, roundtable discussions, workshops, literary events and book discussions, lightning-round sessions, or other formats. We prefer fully developed sessions with identified participants, and will also provide space for emerging voices and individual papers. Each session will be 60 minutes. We anticipate hosting up to 32 sessions. The symposium will be held in person in Lincoln from April 6-8, 2022, but will include an online component. Submit proposals at: https://www.unl.edu/plains/2022-symposium

Contact Info: 

Katie Nieland, Center for Great Plains Studies

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