Raising Indigenous Voices in Academia: A Conference on the Scholarship of Indigenous Knowledge

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Call for Papers
March 1, 2020
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Ethnic History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Native American History / Studies, Research and Methodology

CFP: Raising Indigenous Voices in Academia: A Conference on the Scholarship of Indigenous Knowledge
Conference Dates: September 17-19, 2020, Seneca Resort and Casino, Niagara Falls, NY
Deadline for Proposals: March 1, 2020

Organized by:
Dr. Neyooxet Greymorning, Executive Director of Hinono'eitiit Ho’oowu' (Arapaho Language Lodge) and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Montana-Missoula, USA
Dr. Zachary Androus, Professor-Director of the Florence Ethnographic Field School, Florence, Italy

Proposals for paper presentations, posters/exhibits, interactive sessions, or innovative showcases are encouraged from areas including, but not limited to, archaeology, ethnobotany, historical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, political-legal anthropology, socio-cultural anthropology, and any other relevant discipline. 

Potential topics include:

The viability of converting Indigenous research activities into positions at colleges and universities
When applying Indigenous driven research methodologies for universities, should there be concern over this being appropriated in ways that benefit non-Indigenous scholars and, if so, can it be minimized?
Overcoming obstacles and resistance to Indigenous approaches and participation at colleges and universities
Engaging academic communities through Indigenous research and scholarship
Perspectives on the past from Indigenous archaeologists and cultural heritage resource managers
Finding a balance between anthropological and Indigenous ways of knowing
Identifying what constitutes effective teaching of Indigenous languages at an institutional level and in everyday life

A central conference theme of Raising Indigenous Voices in Academia is to highlight Indigenous knowledge and scholarship with the goal to raise awareness of the lack of Indigenous scholars representing Indigenous scholarship in academia. Specific times have been set aside for attendees to discuss thoughts about the scholarship presented and how that can contribute to college and university communities. All scholars and administrators are welcome to register and attend. Indigenous scholars, as perhaps the most underrepresented ethnic group globally, are especially encouraged to submit a presentation proposal.

To propose a presentation, please send an abstract of 120 words, together with a short biographical note to agmriva2020@gmail.com by March 1, 2020. Please be sure to include your name, affiliation (tribal and/or professional), the title and type (paper, poster, etc.) of your proposed presentation, as well as your city, country, and email address.

To register as an attendee without making a presentation, please send an email to agmriva2020@gmail.com with your name, affiliation (tribal and/or professional), and your city, country, and email address.  

Invited speakers, who will be participating in the panel sessions, are scheduled to include:

Miami scholar and MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” recipient, Daryl Baldwin, “The Myammia Center: Tribally Directed Research for Language Revitalization”

Greenlandic Inuit scholar Naja Dyrendom Graugaard, “Kalaallit Sealing and the Arctic Sealskin Industry through Inuit Hunting Knowledge in Greenland”

Sami scholar Gunvor Guttom, “The Academic Relevance of a Sami Speaker Researching Sami Language”

Salish scholar Dean Nickolai, “Exploring Indigenous Methodological Perspectives in Cultural Resource Management”

Salish scholar Shandin Pete, “Intersecting Ancient Salish Hydrological Knowledge with Modern Hydrological Tools”

Australian Gumbaynggir scholar Clark Webb, “Increasing Indigenous Voices in Universities”

Conference Registration Fees:
Before May 1: $360 Regular/$200 Student
After May 1: $400 Regular/$240 Student

Registration includes refreshments during coffee breaks and dinner on Friday. Registration does not include the cost of lodging, although a special conference rate will be available from the hosting venue. For more information, or any other questions, please contact the conference organizers at agmriva2020@gmail.com


Contact Info: 

Dr. Neyooxet Greymorning and Dr. Zachary Androus

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