Day: April 30, 2015

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society journal publishes new blog series exploring hip hop and decolonization

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Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society just published a series entitled “Hip Hop and Decolonization” that includes twelve essays from hip hop artists and thinkers spanning a wide range of ideas and communities. Many of the essays utilize and incorporate audio and video, including the essay from Mark V. Campbell, which has a specially recorded DJ set for his essay.

Check out the essays below!

Jasiri X – Motivation and Mission (Don’t Let Them Get Away With Murder)

SCZ – Remixing: Decolonial Strategies in Cultural Production

Kyle T. Mays – Can We Live And Be Modern? Decolonization, Indigenous Modernity, and Hip Hop

Jenell Navarro – Remixing Education: Tall Paul’s Contributions to Decolonizing the Classroom

Susan Blight – Where You’re From and Where You’re At: Place, Space and the Assertion of Nationhood in Shibastik’s “Moose River”

Frank Waln – Indigenous Hip Hop and Performance as Resurgence

Bryce Henson – Burning the Imperialist Nostalgia: The Native Urban Renaissance in North America

Mark V. Campbell – Sonic Intimacies: On DJing Better Futures

Chandni Desai – Trackin’ Settler Colonial Erasures in Palestine: Decolonizing Zionist Toponymy

Lindsay Knight (Eekwol) – Rhyming Out the Future: Reclaiming Indigenous Identity Through Hip Hop

Mahlikah Awe:ri (of the Red Slam Collective) – Right Level, Next Level: Indigenizing Hip Hop

Professor D.Us (of Dope Poets) – Hip Hop’s Origins as Organic Decolonization

Now Online! Webcast of the 2015 Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium Keynote

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SAGE is excited to announce that a webcast of the 2015 Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium keynote by David Newhouse, and responses by Ethel Gardner and Amy Parent is now available on the UBC institutional repository, cIRcle (under the Xwi7xwa Library community and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre community).

The webcast can be accessed here:


Job – Deadline Extended: UBC Land and Food Systems TA Application, Due: May 15

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The 2015 Winter Session TA application is now OPEN!  As we were late getting the new application posted, we’ve been granted an extension by CUPE 2278 to keep it open until May 15.

Apply here  (

A great opportunity to expand your career and employment skills!

The Faculty of Land & Food Systems has approximately 200 Teaching Assistant positions available during 2015 Winter Session (September 2015 to April 2016).   East listed course will be assigned a set number of TA support hours.  Instructors are responsible for determining the assigned number of hours for each TA.  TA’s are appointed based on their classification (see SCHEDULE A – WAGES AND CLASSIFICATIONS of the CUPE 2278 Collective Agreement).

Please note this is a NEW online application that we started using for 2015 Summer Session TA’s.  Carefully read all instructions and provide all requested information.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

One last note – over the last 10 months, there have been several changes to the SIN application process for international students that have resulted in delays in obtaining new or renewed SIN’s.  International students must be able to provide an SIN and a valid study permit that covers the terms of their assigned TA appointment to secure a TAship offer, otherwise the offer will be rescinded.  Offers for 2015 Winter Session are expected to be made between June – end of July 2015 so please make sure you have the required documentation.

Information on TA’ing with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems can be found on our TA Portal here:


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Guest Editors:
Professor Karen J. Leong (Arizona State University) and Professor Myla Vicenti Carpio (Arizona State University)
Publication Date:
Spring 2016
Due Date:
Paper submissions (up to 5,000 words) due May 1, 2015
Unfree labor, dispossession, and displacement are technologies of the carceral state, which depends upon the
logics of control and punishment to create hierarchies of difference and normalize its deployment of violence.
In this special issue of Amerasia Journal, we call for papers and dialogues that examine the convergence of indigenous communities and Asian communities in the Americas as subjects of the carceral state, subject to nationstate attempts to refashion them into proper liberal and economic subjects through assimilation, dispossession, militarization, and relocation.  What do such relational analyses tell us about the ways in which the carceral state improvises, reutilizes, and deploys diverse methods to constitute, in Michel Foucault’s words, the power of normalization and the formation of knowledge” of what it means to be a productive citizen, a legible and proper subject?  How do relational analyses of Asian communities in the Americas and indigenous communities further illuminate the workings of the carceral state within and beyond national borders?  Why and how did settlers and the colonized both become subject to the carceral state and under what conditions?  How did both communities resistance to, or rejection of, carceral technologies forge unexpected affinities or alliances?  What insights do such relational histories of Asian diasporic and indigenous experiences reveal about the workings of the carceral state and what possible interventions might relational histories suggest?  
Submission Guidelines and Review Process:
The guest editors, in consultation with the Amerasia Journal editors and peer reviewers, will make the decisions
on which submissions will be included in the special issue.  The review process is as follows:
Initial review of submitted papers by guest editors and Amerasia Journal editorial staff
Papers approved by editors will undergo blind peer review
Revision of accepted peerreviewed papers and final submission
This special issue seeks papers of approximately 5,000 words in length.  We encourage the submission of interdisciplinary and accessible writings that may be adopted for courses in American Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, and Pacific Islander Studies.
Please send correspondence and papers regarding the special issue on the carceral state in Asian American Studies to the following addresses.  All correspondence should refer to “Amerasia Journal Carceral State Issue” in the subject line.
Professor Karen J. Leong: Professor Myla Vicenti Carpio:
Arnold Pan, Associate Editor, Amerasia Journal: