CfP: Reckoning with Canada at 150: Critical Perspectives and Indigenous Sovereignty

Student-Focused Conference, March 18, 2017, Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Landuage and Education (CIRCLE), Carleton University (Algonquin Territory), Orrawa, ON/Canada

Carleton University’s Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education (CIRCLE) and the Indigenous and Canadian Studies Graduate Community (ICGC) is pleased to announce its fourth annual student research conference that will take place on March 18, 2017 at Carleton University.

The theme of this year’s event is Reckoning with Canada at 150: Critical Perspectives and Indigenous Sovereignties with a special keynote address by Nēhiyaw writer and community organizer Erica Violet Lee. This will be a forum for both Indigenous and non- Indigenous researchers, students, activists and artists to come together to share their work. In light of Canada’s 150th anniversary, we are looking to centre insights that critically engage with Indigenous experiences and realities. We encourage participation by artists, activists, organizers, community members and all experts (academic and non-academic).

The proposed sub-themes are:

  • Our Responsibilities to Our Mother: Land Defence and Water Protection – Reconciliation; for Whom?
  • Decolonizing Settler Logic and Imagining the Next 150 years on Turtle Island
  • Queering, Unsettling and (de)Gendering the 150th
  • Self-Care, Refusal and Healing in the Academy
  • Sacred Spaces and Spirituality as Places of Learning and Refuge
  • Decolonial Practices and Positionalities
  • Immersive Approaches to Indigenous Language Teaching
  • Digital Disruption and Decolonial Technology

Participation can be in the form of a paper presentation, a presentation of work-in-progress, workshops, paper panels, roundtable discussions, artistic performances (music, storytelling, etc) and more. Presentations by individuals will be limited to 20 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. Workshops, roundtables and panels will be limited to 90-120 minutes, based on number of participants.

Individual proposals should be 250 words in length and clearly outline the topic of your research, and the nature and format of your anticipated involvement. Performances and workshop proposals should indicate the nature of the expressive art or workshop. Panel and roundtable proposals should be 400 words in length and include an overall description, a title, individual paper titles, and the contributions of individual participants.

The deadline for submissions is February 3rd, 2017. Submit your proposals via email and clearly identify your name, academic or community affiliation, and proposal title in the body of the email. Any questions can also be sent to this address. Applicants will be contacted by February 15th to confirm participation. Further information about the conference will be posted on the CIRCLE website.

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