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COVID-19 in Indian Country
Proposed Edited Volume
Call for Submissions
Submissions due by September 1, 2022
As the COVID-19 pandemic struck peoples throughout the world, Native American communities were disproportionately devastated by the disease. The death rates and suffering of Indigenous people caught some media attention, and health experts and scholars reaffirmed what many Native Americans already knew and lived on a daily basis– the inequalities, disparities, and injustices of being historically marginalized peoples. After surviving centuries of genocide, dispossession, and removal, COVID-19 perpetuated their intergenerational trauma. Human (in)actions and colonization have exacerbated the effects of natural disasters on Native Americans throughout history, as has been the case with COVID-19. This proposed edited volume seeks to tell these stories of Native Americans facing the matrix of disease and colonialism in the COVID-19 pandemic years since 2020 as well as highlighting the ways that Indigenous people have survived, innovated, fought, and thrived in such moments of catastrophe through time. What Native American memories and experiences have contextualized their responses to COVID-19? What kinds of intergenerational knowledge and ties have sustained Indigenous communities during the pandemic?
Please submit chapter proposals to be considered for this proposed edited volume tentatively titled, “COVID-19 in Indian Country: Native American Memories and Experiences of the Pandemic.” We welcome scholarly and creative pieces such as chapter-length manuscripts, poems, short stories, and visual art that relate to Indigenous perspectives and experiences of COVID-19 in the United States. Accepted chapter manuscripts can be of varying lengths but no more than 8,000 words.
Submit a title, abstract (no more than 300 words), a brief biography (no more than 200 words), and a one-page CV (include a list of publications and/or creative works) addressed to Drs. Farina King (University of Oklahoma) and Wade Davies (University of Montana) at firstname.lastname@example.org (and/or email@example.com) and firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission materials are due by September 1, 2022. Drs. King and Davies will notify accepted contributors by September 30, 2022.