American Indian Studies Working Group
May 11, 2013
Princeton University’s American Indian Studies Working Group invites paper proposals for its first annual interdisciplinary graduate student conference. This year’s conference focuses on the role of interpretation and translation within and between languages and cultures in American Indian studies and related disciplines.
Before contact with Europeans, interlingual and intercultural interpretation played a key role in economic, political, social, and cultural relations among North America’s indigenous peoples. After contact with Europeans, indigenous and European traditions of interpretation and translation were essential modes of producing knowledge and mediating relations between natives and newcomers. Today, translation and interpretation continue to be important in Pan-Indian movements and global indigenous networks; the circulation of Indian art, literature, religious practices, and traditions within and beyond Indian Country; interactions between Natives, scholars, and policymakers; and communication across disciplines with various investments in Indian practices and products as objects of inquiry.
Possible topics for papers include the role of interpretation and translation within and between languages and cultures in:
• Indian history and cross-national relations.
• colonial processes and anticolonial resistance.
• the production of scholarly knowledge about Indian peoples by anthropologists, historians, linguists, biologists, etc.
• the production and circulation of Native traditions.
• mutual stereotyping between Indians and non-Indians.
• language politics and preservation (documentation, revitalization, etc.), including issues related to dialects of Indian languages and English, as well as contestations of nomenclature.
• Pan-Indianism, global indigenous networks, and their opposites (factionalism within and among communities, emphasis on more local identities)
• communication between American Indian studies and other disciplines interested in Indian practices and products.
We welcome papers from graduate students working in various disciplines and departments.
Speakers will have 20 minutes to present, and papers will be organized into panels with faculty respondents. Presenters are also encouraged to participate in a roundtable on the state of American Indian studies as a field. Please submit 250 word abstract in PDF format to PAISWG@gmail.com by March 15, 2013. Authors will be notified by March 31, 2013.
Rebecca Rosen (GS, English) and Josh Garrett-Davis (GS, History)
Princeton University Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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