CFP for MELUS 2022: The Ethics of Care in Native American and Indigenous Literatures

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Call for Papers
March 10, 2022 to March 13, 2022
United States
Subject Fields: 
Indigenous Studies, Literature, Race / Ethnic Studies, Native American History / Studies

Please consider submitting an abstract for the following panel for the NeMLA 2022 conference. Submission deadline is 30 Sept 2021 (through the NeMLA portal: For inquiries, please contact Isabel Quintana Wulf, Salisbury University, (panel organizer)

Daniel Heath Justice frames his book Why Indigenous Literature Matters through four guiding questions: “How do we learn to be human,” “How do we behave as good relatives,” “How do we become good ancestors,” and “How do we learn to live together?” These questions address issues central to the ethics of care in Native American literature and Indigenous Studies, ethics that speak to the understanding of practices, experiences, traditions, and epistemologies that inform Native lives and Indigenous forms of cultural and literary expression. While principles of care shape the literary and cultural texts themselves, they also affect how we engage and interpret them, and most importantly, they serve as an important guiding principle for our research practices, both settler and Indigenous. We seek papers that engage with the ethics of care in Native American Literature and that address some of the following topics: the relationship between the human and non-human worlds in literature, the role of storytelling as a practice of care, the ethics of care as a literary trope, Indigenous experiences and practices that reclaim Native humanity in the face of colonialism and genocide, the ethics of care as a research paradigm, and the representation of care paradigms in literature as knowledge production.

Contact Info: 

Panel organizer: Isabel Quintana Wulf, Salisbury University