Digital Research in Native American, Indigenous, and First Nations Studies around the Globe

The Digital First Nations, Native American, and Indigenous Studies Workshop committee invites submissions of proposals for “Digital Research in First Nations, Native American, and Indigenous Studies around the Globe”, a day-long meeting, July 21, 2020 at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Submit a Proposal:

Deadline for Submissions: April 1, 2020, 2019 11:59 PM EST

Notification of Acceptances: April 15, 2020

“Digital Research in First Nations, Native American, and Indigenous Studies around the Globe” seeks to bring together scholars and community practitioners working in digital First Nations, Native American, and Indigenous Studies globally. The workshop seeks to provide participants the opportunity to present current digital humanities research and methods related to the estimated 370 million Indigenous people around the globe.  We are particularly interested in community-based approaches to digital research and infrastructure that support community cultural heritage and information-based approaches to sovereignty. Documentation, mobilization, analysis, stewardship, and Indigneous technologies can serve as focal points of workshop participants.

Organizers welcome three different submission formats:

  • Posters: Poster proposals present projects, software tools, or methods within the context of Indigenous research and community. Posters will be 24×36 inches (610 x 914 mm). We are unable to provide access to monitors, electrical outlets, or furniture to support laptops and other technologies. Poster presentations are intended to elicit conversations and offer opportunity to exchange ideas one-on-one with attendees. Final versions of posters will be published as part of the workshop proceedings. 
  • Short presentation proposals are intended to be dynamic 7-minute presentations appropriate for reporting on works in progress, limited scholarly interventions, or for describing a singular tool or project. Short presentation submissions seek to open dialogues among scholars working on related topics. Final versions of short presentations will be published as part of the workshop proceedings. 
  • Pre-circulated papers should deal with substantial completed research, report the development of new methodologies in digital Indigenous studies; or present rigorous theoretical, speculative, or critical discussions. Each pre-circulated paper will participate in a focused review and critique. Pre-circulated papers will be published as part of the workshop proceedings. Submissions should include a 500 word abstract; the paper itself  will be due for pre-circulation on May 15, 2020. Papers themselves may be as short as 2,500 words or as long as 10,000 words. Participation and funding will be contingent on receipt of the pre-circulated paper by June 1, 2020.

Concerns that might be reflected in presentations include: How do we as scholars responsibly engage in digital research in Native communities and with Native materials held by cultural heritage institutions? How do organizations and institutions navigate the cultural, legal, and ethical contexts of the communities whose objects they hold? How can software solutions be leveraged to build Indigenous research communities? What ethical frameworks are available for thinking through and challenging third party access to Indigenous cultural heritage? What technologies will allow Indigenous peoples to “reclaim… lands and ways of being” (Duarte, 5). How can we interpret issues primary to Indigenous peoples through technology?  What research models exist for scholars and tribal communities who desire to launch their own digital projects but may have concerns about resources, access, infrastructure, stewardship, dissemination, and preservation? Finally, how do we facilitate transnational and international digital Indigenous projects at scale?

The workshop will result in a directory of digital projects related to digital Indigenous studies that will be made available publicly. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate on a white paper resulting from the workshop. In addition, all accepted participants will be welcome to submit their work for consideration in a peer-reviewed journal issue on “Digital Research in First Nations, Native American, and Indigenous Studies around the Globe.”

Applicants should be prepared to submit the following:

  • Title of Submission
  • Name of Author(s)
  • Contact Information of Author(s)
  • Submission Abstract (500 words maximum; URLs or appropriate digital resources may be substituted with a 250 word maximum explanation of relevance to the workshop for posters and short presentations only).
  • 250 word maximum Statement of interest that speaks to the impact of the workshop on one’s personal, professional, or communal goals
  • Acceptance of the ADHO Conference Code of Conduct
  • Acceptance of the Data Privacy Agreement

The above will be reviewed by workshop organizers with accepted applications receiving funding to support their participation in the workshop and the Digital Humanities 2020 Conference. Support will include subvention of airfare, housing, and transportation costs as well as conference fees.

This workshop was funded by IUPUI via an Institute for Arts in the Humanities grant as well as the Institut des études canadiennes et autochtones | Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies at the University of Ottawa.

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Workshop Organizers:

Bronwyn Carlson, Head of Department and Professor, Department of Indigenous Studies,Macquarie University, Australia

Charmayne Champion-Shaw, Director, Office of American Indian Programs and Native American Studies, IUPUI, USA

Holly Cusack-McVeigh, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies & Public Scholar of Collections and Community Curation, IUPUI, USA

David Gaertner, Assistant Professor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies/Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada

Jennifer Guiliano, Associate Professor of History, American Studies, and Native American and Indigenous Studies, IUPUI, USA

Monique Manatch, Executive Director and founders of Indigenous Culture and Media Innovations, Canada

Ashley Caranto Morford, SSHRC PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Janet Chávez Santiago, weaver and language activist, Mexico