Call for papers: Special Issue on Native American Narratives in a Global Context

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Call for Papers
October 1, 2017
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Literature, Native American History / Studies

I am pleased to share with you the call for papers for a special issue, to appear in Transmotion: An online journal of postmodern Indigenous studies, on the theme of 'Native American Narratives in a Global Context: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives'. The deadline for abstracts is 1 October 2017.


Transmotion is currently seeking submissions for a cross-disciplinary special issue for publication in Spring 2019. The special issue builds on a panel entitled “Native American Literature in a Global Context” that took place at the 2017 meeting of the Native American Literature Symposium (NALS). This panel focused on Native American and First Nations literature in relation to South African, Palestinian and Middle Eastern writings

This issue seeks to explore this new direction of Indigenous Studies, focusing on the significance of Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous North American narratives in a global arena. We invite work that engages with historical or cultural narratives, spanning literature, art, film, or other modes of cultural production. Bringing together scholars researching Native American narratives in relation to diverse geographical and historical contexts, we hope to interrogate questions surrounding what comparative indigenous studies might look like and what potential it holds for transnational exchange on a global scale.

We particularly welcome submissions that engage with the following topics:-
  • Comparative perspectives on Native American narratives in relation to (settler) colonial and postcolonial contexts.
  • Comparative perspectives on Native American experiences in relation to other global experiences with genocide or colonial violence.
  • Case studies that focus on Native American writing, artwork or other forms of cultural production that foreground cross-cultural movement or exchange.
  • Conceptual work that explores trans-indigenous studies as an emerging field of scholarship.
  • The benefits and/or limitations of comparative indigenous critique.
  • Comparative perspectives that challenge traditional understandings of indigeneity or post-coloniality.
  • The contemporary relevance of Native American narratives in a global context.
  • The benefits and/or limitations of teaching Native histories, cultures or literatures within a comparative frame.
  • Transnational activism and decolonial movements around Indigenous struggles.
  • Anti-colonial and Indigenous critiques of globalization, neoliberalism, and the modern nation-state.
  • The potential for decolonization through cross-cultural exchange or fostering of global connections, literary or otherwise.

Abstracts (up to 300 words) and brief author CV to be sent to Guest Editors: Rebecca Macklin, University of  ) and Eman Ghanayem, University of Illinois at ) by 1st October 2017. 

The full call for papers can be found here:

Please feel free to direct any queries or expressions of interest to the Guest Editors. 


Contact Info: 

Rebecca Macklin, University of Leeds

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