From May 17-19, 2018, the American Indian Studies Center at University of California, Los Angeles and its Southern California co-hosts will welcome NAISA, the largest scholarly organization devoted to Indigenous issues and research, to Yaanga (Downtown Los Angeles) on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Tongva.
Los Angeles is home to the largest Indigenous populations in the US. It is our aim to highlight the incredibly rich landscape of Indigenous Los Angeles at NAISA 2018. Our meeting will be set in downtown on what used to be the village of Yaanga before Tongva dispossession. As the city grew, so did Indigenous populations in Los Angeles. Many American Indians, Latin American Indigenous peoples, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians have come to the rich land of the Gabrieliño/Tongva for a variety of reasons, whether it was from following the rich trade of sea otters, fishing or whaling, or being driven from their homes by the economic tyranny of federal Indian policy, or fleeing persecution of the Mexican government against Indigenous peoples. Many from the Pacific and Global South would follow and make Los Angeles their home.
The NAISA Council invites scholars working in Native American and Indigenous Studies to submit proposals for: Individual papers, panel sessions, roundtables, or film screenings. All persons working in Native American and Indigenous Studies are invited and encouraged to apply. We welcome proposals from faculty and students in colleges, universities, and tribal colleges; from community-based scholars and elders; and from professionals working in the field. We encourage proposals relating to Indigenous community-driven scholarship.
Proposals for the 2018 NAISA conference can now be submitted at: https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/naisa/naisa18/
The deadline for proposal submissions is November 1, 2017, 11:50pm EST