The American Indian Studies Program (AISP) at Michigan State University seeks to form an understanding of American Indian cultures and identities, the place of American Indian/Indigenous people in today’s world, and the changing demands of American Indian/Indigenous peoples in the pursuit of cross-cultural diversity.
DEADLINE: 5 March 2014
Call for applications for consultancy position
at the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Under the general guidance of the Chief of the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the consultant will be required to contribute to the work programme and activities of the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum (SPFII), including those related to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (2014) and the post-2015 development agenda. The candidate will be expected to conduct research, draft statements, briefing notes and other written material, and assist with coordination of meetings and events, as well as outreach.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 5:30-8:30pm
Eat Healthy, Be Active Workshop
Refreshments will be served
This workshop includes:
-food safety tips
-quick tips for eating healthy
-easy recipes for you and your family
-information about importance of healthy eating
-Self-defense demonstration by PKSA
To register contact:
(313) 846-3718 x1212
This workshop will be held at:
American Indian Health and Family Services
4880 Lawndale St
March 19-21, 2014
Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies
“Betting on Indian Country: Indian Gaming in the Archives”
Graduate Workshop in Research Methods
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
This research workshop will examine Indian gaming in the context of gambling’s deep and global history. The workshop will be hosted by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas’ Special Collections and the Center of Gaming Research. UNLV’s Gaming Archives feature the Taxe Collection (more than 700 fictional and non-fictional records pertaining to gaming that date to the 19th century), trade publications and manuscript collections pertaining to casinos and resorts throughout the world (such as Mandalay Bay
and the Sands). Readings and discussion will consider issues relating to the history, culture and politics of Indian gaming. Research in the archives will then enable students to place Indian gaming in comparative and global contexts. Students may pursue topics related to law and policy; the development of the service economy; comparative histories of gaming (e.g., Las Vegas, riverboats, and Atlantic City); gaming and literature; casino resort development; and tourism.
William Bauer, PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Erin Debenport, PhD, University of New Mexico
One student from each NCAIS institution may participate in the three-day workshop as part of an
introduction to critical methodologies in American Indian Studies. Interested students should apply directly to their NCAIS Faculty Liaison by February 14, 2014. Housing will be provided and participants will be
reimbursed up to $500 for travel.
Friday, March 21, 2014
GenCen Colloquia Series: New Research on Women and Gender: Global and Local Perspectives
1:30-3:00pm, 201 International Center
Elvira Sanchez-Blake, AISP Affiliated Faculty Member and Department of Romance and Classical Studies
Colombian Women: War, Peace and Hope
While decades of violence have impacted Colombian society as a whole, women have been particularly affected. They constitute the majority of the country’s population, and many academics and governmental and non-governmental organizations consider the future of Colombia to be in their hands. This presentation examines the role of women in Colombian’s recent historical events with focus on women organization’s peace initiatives.
March 20-22, 2014
Strengthening our Communities through Eductional Self Reliance
Ziibiwing Cultural Center, 5540 E. Broadway St. Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
This year's conference will focus on using our cultural knowledge and tools of today as a means to strengthen our Anishinaabeg communities and generations to come.
Monday, March 24, 2014 from 9-10am, Location TBA
MSU Indigenous Graduate Student Collective
Faculty Fry Bread Forum
Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte and Dr. John Norder will be leading a roundtable discussion with graduate students on their research and wisdom about graduate school. Homemade fry bread, coffee and tea will be provided. All graduate students are welcome to this free event.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Christi Belcourt and Sherry Farrell Racette, Métis, “Walking With Our Sisters”
Dylan Miner, Métis, “Anishnaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag” (Native Kids Ride Bikes) AISP affiliated faculty member
Douglas Miles, San Carlos Apache/Akimel O’odham, Apache Skateboards
Andrea Hanley, Membership and Program Manager, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (moderator)
IARC Speaker Series, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
The importance of working with local and Native communities is becoming an increasingly common theme with contemporary artists. This panel discussion will examine three such community-based projects and their impact on both a local and national scale.
March 27-29, 2014
15th NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE SYMPOSIUM
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
MANY VOICES, ONE CENTER
With literature as a crossroads where many forms of knowledge meet—art, history, politics, science, religion, film, cultural studies—we welcome once again spirited participation on all aspects of Native American studies. We invite proposals for individual papers, panel discussions, readings, exhibits, demonstrations, and workshops. We especially encourage presentations and panels on teaching children’s and young adult literature by indigenous writers.
Scheduled speakers include Eric Gansworth who just published a young adult novel, If I Ever Get Out of Here, and First Nations Manitoba writers Duncan Mercredi, Katherena Vermette, and Rosanna Deerchild whose work appears in Manitowapow.
Queries can be directed to
Dr. Gwen Westerman
Assistant to the Director
REGISTRATION FORMS and more information can be found on the NALS web site: www.mnsu.edu/nativelit/
SYMPOSIUM HOUSING INFORMATION
The host facility for the symposium will be the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel www.mysticlake.com
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Lodge Building and Community Lodge, 10am
March 29th, everyone is invited to help build the AIHFS Sweat Lodge. This will be followed by a community lodge conducted by Tony Davis. See flyer for here more info.
Friday, April 18, 2014 at 5pm
Tony Davis will be contucting the lodge.
Applications Due April 4, 2014
NCAIS Graduate Summer Institute
Monday, July 7 - Friday, August 1, 2014
Departing from typical constructions of systems of communication and the notions of “literacy” at large, this summer seminar examines the relationship between Indigenous languages of the Americas and the politics of their writing before and after the arrival of the Europeans in 1492. This seminar explores scholarship in native Americas, indigenous language, and studies of colonialism with three questions in mind: (a) how has the acquisition of alphabetic script impacted (Latin) American indigenous communities, primarily its effects on identities, languages, and cultural institutions; (b) what knowledge is produced today about these communities and their changing responses to what they consider local and global languages and identities; and (c) how have indigenous communities used global networks to advance their own ideas regarding cultural maintenance and language preservation?
Framed in ongoing discussions of decolonizing thought, we discuss several forms of writing, record keeping and representational systems, tracing the long history of meaning making in the Americas. We pay special attention to Andean and Iroquoian systems of representation as examples of key moments of resistance to the alphabetic influence and the civilizing force of the letter. Along the way, we highlight the methodological difficulties of removing an alphabetic lens to see writing systems in their own right. For more information about the content of this institute, go here.
Participants will propose and undertake research using the Newberry’s collections (and, if applicable, artifacts from the collections of the museums mentioned above) and will write an original research paper to be presented in a conference at the conclusion of the seminar. Participants will be encouraged to either incorporate their findings in the dissertation projects and/or to revise their papers for publication in academic journals of their field.
April 19, 2014
October 15-17, 2014
The American Indian Studies Program at Michigan State University invites applications for
the 2014-2015 Pre-Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award in American Indian Studies.
Application Deadline: February 28, 2014
Award Period: MSU Fiscal Year, July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015
The fellowship award provides office space, access to Michigan State University's outstanding
library and computing facilities and to the faculty involved in the American Indian Studies
Program, benefits for the year, and a substantial stipend.
Applicants must be finished with all doctoral work but the dissertation, actively working in
American Indian Studies, and committed to a career in Native Studies. It is expected that the
Fellow will complete the dissertation during the award year. Applicants may be pursuing the
Ph.D. degree in any discipline or area offered at Michigan State University. (More information
about the university's offerings is available at the university website, http://www.msu.edu.)
The successful applicant will be required to teach one course and will affiliate with a department
or program in one of the university's colleges, as well as participate in activities of the American
Indian Studies Program. The Fellow must reside in the East Lansing, Michigan area for the
duration of the fellowship.
-Complete contact information, including e-mail, phone, and address
-Cover letter detailing background, coursework, training and future plans in American Indian Studies, including any work with Native groups, organizations, or communities
-5 to 10 page dissertation proposal
-Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
-Three letters of support from faculty on doctoral committee; one should be from your chair, indicating your ability to complete the dissertation by the end of the award period
Applications should be sent to:
Dr. Le Anne Silvey
552 W. Circle Drive, 13D Human Ecology
East Lansing, MI 48824
For further information:
Dr. Le Anne Silvey
The American Indian Studies Program is located on the fourth floor of Baker Hall in Room 414.
Spring 2014 Office Hours:
American Indian Studies Program
Michigan State University
414 Baker Hall
East Lansing, MI
phone: (517) 432-2193