Indigenous Environments Conference Indigenous Environments Conference

Indigenous Environments Conference
Wednesday 6 - Friday 8 July 2016

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In the twenty-first century, indigenous environments have become more visible than ever before, drawing attention to diverse historical and political events on a global scale. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore indigenous environments in the widest possible sense, in both historical and contemporary contexts. Papers will focus on indigenous environments in the Americas and Australasia exploring a wide range of topics including: ecology and environment; land, community, and home; sovereignty and survival; healing and well-being; violence and recovery; knowledge and epistemologies; boarding and residential schools; art and creativity.

Keynote Speakers:

Lisa Brooks (Amherst College)

Lisa Brooks is an Abenaki writer and scholar - – her father's family is from the upper Missisquoi River (in northern Vermont) and the Pemigewasset River (in northern New Hampshire). Her mother's family is from Koszarawa, Poland. As a young woman, she worked in the tribal office of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, on aboriginal rights and land preservation cases, including the protection of the "Grandma Lampman's" site. Her recently published book The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast (University of Minnesota Press 2008) focuses on the role of writing as a tool of social reconstruction and land reclamation in the Native networks of the northeast. She also co-authored the collaborative volume, Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective (2008), and wrote the "Afterword" for American Indian Literary Nationalism (2006).

Margaret D. Jacobs (University of Nebraska; Pitt Professor, Univ. of Cambridge, 2015-16)

Margaret Jacobs is a multi-prize winning author who studies the American West in transnational and comparative context with a focus on women and gender as well as children and family. She has widened understanding of colonists’ efforts to break the intimate bonds that connected Native children to their land, culture, community, and home environments by researching not only the removal of Native children for schooling (White Mother to a Dark Race, 2009), but also the fostering and adoption of Native children by white families (A Generation Removed, 2014).  By extending her research field beyond the United States to Canada and Australia, thus introducing a comparative element, and positioning her work within the wider intellectual frame of settler colonialism, she contributes a vital new level of sophistication to the field of Indigenous Studies.

Downloads: Conference programme [please note, this is a draft and is subject to changes]

Registration is now closed.
Please note, the registration deadline was Monday 6 June 2016. We cannot guarantee refunds after this date.

If you would like on-campus accommodation, please book direct with Broadview Lodge quoting 'Indigenous Environments'.  Please call 01609591918 to book.
Single accommodation: £54
Double accommodation: £67


The conference is supported by the UEA Alumni Fund, thanks to the generous support of many alumni donors.