Daniel Heath Justice talk, “Being a Good Relative, Becoming a Good Ancestor: Other-than-Human Kinship and the Decolonial Imperative”

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Dr. Daniel Heath Justice

(First Nations Studies Program and English, University of British Columbia)

“Being a Good Relative, Becoming a Good Ancestor: Other-than-Human Kinship and the Decolonial Imperative”

5-6:30pm, Wed Nov 27, Coach House, Green College, UBC

Abstract: From the nineteenth-century decimation of prairie bison herds and imposition of patriarchal farming techniques to the contemporary decline of coastal fisheries and narrowed concerns of familial obligations, a consistent pattern in Eurowestern political and economic colonialism worldwide has been the targeted suppression of Indigenous kinship relations with the other-than-human. While variously dismissed by colonial agents as “pagan,” “primitive,” or illusory, such expansive familial relations are in fact substantive to and expressive of Indigenous political, ceremonial, and intellectual practices of self-determination and cultural and political distinctiveness. This presentation will consider a few illustrative examples of the other-than-human as a vital concern in Indigenous decolonization and resurgence politics today, while critically engaging the potential consequences of an absence of such considerations in contemporary activism and scholarship.

Speaker Info: Daniel Heath Justice is a Colorado-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He is Chair of the First Nations Studies Program and Associate Professor of First Nations Studies and English at UBC on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam people. His work includes Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History, the Indigenous epic fantasy The Way of Thorn and Thunder: The Kynship Chronicles, and the co-edited anthologies Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature and, with James H. Cox, the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature. Current projects include a cultural history of badgers and a study of critical kinship in Indigenous literature.

All those attending talks in this series are invited to stay for dinner at Green College with the speaker. Those interested in attending dinner are asked to make a reservation at least by noon the business day before. Contact 604-822-8660 or visit the Green College website for details.

Oecologies: Inhabiting Premodern Worlds is a new Speaker Series sponsored by Green College that gathers scholars from the humanities living and working along the North American Pacific coast to investigate the idea of “oecology,” an older spelling of the modern concept “ecology.” For event details, abstracts, and speaker information, please visit oecologies.com or view the event poster. Also follow us on Twitter (@Oecologies) and “Like” us on Facebook (facebook.com/oecologies)! Oecologies also holds a reading group in advance of each talk in the Speaker Series. If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Robert Rouse (robert.rouse@ubc.ca). If you have other questions about Oecologies, please do not hesitate to contact me (nardizzi@mail.ubc.ca) or our assistant, Carmel Ohman (carmelohman@gmail.com).


JOB: University of Toronto Assistant Professor of Gender and Indigeneity position

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Requisition Title: Assistant Professor – Gender and Indigeneity – 1301805 

Job Field: Tenure Stream 

Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science

Department: Women and Gender Studies Institute 

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto) 

Job Posting: Nov 15, 2013 

Job Closing: Jan 31, 2014 Open Until Filled 


The Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI) at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a focus on Gender and Indigeneity. The start date for the position will be July 1, 2014.

The successful candidate may work on Indigenous issues in a range of settings and geographical locations and will have an ability to set this work within a comparative and relational framework, with an understanding of Aboriginal/Indigenous issues in Canada strongly preferred. We are especially interested in intersectional research that grapples with gender, race, class, sexuality, religion and other important differences, research which draws on or is in conversation with critical transnational, diasporic, and post- and anti-colonial feminist scholarship. Candidates may apply from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary background. We particularly welcome applications from scholars with a commitment to community-based research and to working directly with Aboriginal/Indigenous communities, and an engagement with Indigenous methodologies, including storytelling and arts-based methodologies.

Applicants will have the opportunity to work closely with, and cross-list courses in, relevant affiliated departments, including Aboriginal Studies, but also African Studies, Canadian Studies, Caribbean Studies, Centre for the Study of the U.S., East Asian Studies, and/or Latin American Studies, as well as other departments.

Situated on or near the traditional territories of various First Nations, including the Anishinabe, the Haudenosaunee, and the Huron-Wendat, faculty at WGSI recognize the transcolonial and transnational links that extend throughout the Americas, and elsewhere, and the Indigenous political, social and cultural issues that have given rise to international Indigenous rights and decolonization movements. WGSI at the University of Toronto includes undergraduate and graduate programs, including a new Ph.D. program (www.wgsi.utoronto.ca). WGSI adopts a transnational approach to women and gender studies, an approach which speaks both to the distinctively global character of the city of Toronto, but also to anti- and post-colonial and transnational contexts throughout the world. The transnational perspective explores the global processes in which women’s and men’s lives, gender relations, gendered subjectivities and sexualities are situated. In particular, WGSI has distinctive strengths in the following five fields: (1) feminist anti- and post-colonial, diasporic and transnational studies; (2) gender, sexuality and queer studies; (3) cultural studies; (4) feminist studies of technology, science, environment and biomedicine; and (5) transnational political economy and development studies. WGSI is devoted to creative, conceptual and empirical research; critical pedagogy; collaborations with a broad group of affiliated faculty; and projects developed with a wide ranging collection of communities and other social justice actors.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. by date of appointment or shortly thereafter, with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research, and Indigenous community engagement. Duties consist of research and teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply. Applications should include: a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statement outlining current and future research interests; one writing sample of no more than 50 pages; teaching dossier (including course outlines, and student evaluations, as well as a statement on teaching philosophy).

The UofT application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10 MB) per candidate profile; please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply.

Applicants should also ask three referees to e-mail letters directly to the Director of WGSI at bonnie.mcelhinny@utoronto.ca by January 31, 2014.

We will begin reviewing applications on January 31, 2014, but will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

If you have questions about this position, please contact the Director of WGSI at bonnie.mcelhinny@utoronto.ca.

For more information about WGSI please visit our website at www.wgsi.utoronto.ca.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Eleventh Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars

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*Eleventh Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars *

*July 16-19, 2014, Winnipeg-Canada*

*Time, Movement, and Space: Genocide Studies and Indigenous Peoples*

2014 marks an important year for Winnipeg and Canada. In this year, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) will open its doors to the general public. Established by Parliament through amendments to the Museums Act on March 13, 2008, which came into force on August 10, 2008, the CMHR is envisioned as a national and international destination – a centre of learning where Canadians and people from around the world can engage in discussion and commit to taking action against hate and oppression. Also in this year, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada will release its final report, after five years of hearings and research into Canada’s history and legacy of the forced assimilation of Indigenous children through residential schools.

These momentous local developments present an opportunity for genocide scholars to visit Winnipeg and engage in discussion about colonial control over, expansion into, appropriation and settlement of Indigenous territories. Such issues raise questions of time, movement, knowledge and space in Canada and other places around the globe where Indigenous people have been victims of genocidal destruction: How do destructive processes such as genocide form and take shape over time and across space? In what ways do time, movement, territory, space, and place factor into the study of genocide? How are spaces and places mobilized in the destruction of Indigenous groups? How do the spatial and temporal aspects of colonial and settler genocide compare and contrast with those of other genocides? How does territory contribute to the persistence of groups, and from whose perspective, as well as to the mechanisms required for genocide’s redress?
How might we envision new spaces for cohabitation and reconciliation in the aftermath of, or amidst ongoing, genocidal processes? And what technological and other means do institutions such as the CMHR have available to accommodate Indigenous knowledge and authentically represent Indigenous experiences of genocide?

The University of Manitoba sits in Treaty One territory and at the crossroads of the Anishnabe, Métis, Cree, Dakota and Oji-Cree Nations.
Winnipeg is thus a fitting location for our discussions, as it is a space long marked by the movements and interactions among peoples, including the destructive movements of settler colonialism. The inauguration of the CMHR and the release of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada will further contribute to our conversations, as both will, in their own way, raise the spectre of genocide.

The conference will also feature a trip to Sagkeeng First Nation at the southern top of Lake Winnipeg, where it meets the Winnipeg River. We will be guests at Turtle Lodge (http://www.theturtlelodge.org/) and Elder David Courchene will introduce us to Anishnabe teachings as they relate to healing, survival, and resurgence. We will be announcing other stimulating conference events in the months to come.

The IAGS and the University of Manitoba welcome papers and sessions related to our conference theme of “Time, Movement, and Space: Genocide Studies and Indigenous Peoples.” Innovative panels, workshops, and papers that consider the spatial and temporal issues as applied to Indigenous genocide and its commemoration are particularly encouraged, as are comparative studies.
Besides panels and papers, the organizers invite other modes of dialogue, including workshops, roundtable discussions, cultural media, artistic works/readings, and forums that relate to policy initiatives, pedagogy, and education. Scholars, practitioners, and students interested in genocide studies from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. While our theme is centered on Indigenous issues, we also encourage innovative and original papers about other genocides. As 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, we are eager to accept papers on this genocide.

Papers will be accepted in English and should be sent as an attachment to the following email address: iagswinnipeg2014@gmail.com

Once the proposals are accepted by the selection committee, participants are required to register on-line at: www.genocidescholars.org where IAGS and conference material will be found. All participants must be IAGS members.

Please prepare your abstract for a 15 minute paper.

If you do not receive acknowledgement of receipt of your abstract within a week of submission, please contact us at: iagswinnipeg2014@gmail.com

You will be informed 4 weeks from the date of submission whether your paper has been accepted or not.

*Spaces may fill up, so we encourage early submissions.*

Abstracts should include full name, affiliation, a brief biography, e-mail address, and be no more than 250 words, using single-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font. They can be sent from now until *January 17th 2014*to iagswinnipeg2014@gmail.com

Any questions may be directed to the conference organizers, Andrew Woolford, Adam Muller, and Donna-Lee Frieze at: iagswinnipeg2014@gmail.com

Native Roots and Seeds of Change (livestream)

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this event has passed now, but names and resources may be useful


NMSU calls for submissions for its first Native American literary and art journal

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A group of undergraduate and graduate students at New Mexico State University are currently accepting submissions for the campus’s first Native American literary and art journal.

The publication, Tlaa: A Collective of Indigenous Expression, is an online journal encouraging indigenous students and writers, and those familiar with the indigenous community and identities, to unite and share their different ideas.  (read more)

Instructor – School of Community and Regional Planning – University of British Columbia

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Instructor (half-time term appointment)
School of Community and Regional Planning
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Point Grey Campus

The School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) is seeking to recruit a half-time Instructor (term).  The successful applicant should have the ability to design and teach a core course on Introduction to Planning Theory and History, a core course in the recently launched Indigenous Community Planning specialization (Indigenous Community Planning: Ways of Being, Knowing, and Doing), and an elective course (see www.scarp.ubc.ca).  These are Master’s level courses.

A PhD in planning or a related discipline is preferred, as well as previous academic and practice background in community development and social planning with particular emphasis in indigenous community planning.

SCARP is a fully accredited (Canada and USA) graduate planning program within the Faculty of Applied Science. The School’s explicit pedagogical mission is to advance the transition to sustainability through excellence in integrated policy and planning research, professional education, and community service. Sustainability is understood broadly to encompass social, economic, cultural and environmental dimensions, and the School’s teaching and research orientation places emphasis on the development of participatory, community-oriented, planning methods.

Applicants should submit a letter stating career objectives and suitability for the position, including overview of relevant experience and achievements, and approach to teaching. Please also include your current curriculum vitae and names and contact information (including email addresses) of three possible referees. Applicants are encouraged to submit supplementary materials, including a teaching dossier. Please include your website address, if you have one.

The anticipated start date is July 1, 2014. This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of a reappointment.

The closing date for applications is December 1, 2013; applications will be processed as soon as they are received. To apply, please submit your cover letter and CV online at: http://hr.ubc.ca/careers/faculty If you have any questions pertaining to the position please contact: Dr. Penny Gurstein, Director,  School of Community & Regional Planning e-mail: penny.gurstein@ubc.ca UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. UBC is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.