Learning from the Land: Indigenous Land-based Pedagogy and Decolonization

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Abstracts Due January 15th, 2014.

Papers due May 5th, 2014.

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society invites submissions from scholars, artists, and activists for a new issue of the journal exploring Land Based Education in theory and practice, guest edited by Glen Coulthard (University of British Columbia, Dene), Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox (University of Alberta), Matthew Wildcat (UBC, Cree) and Mandee McDonald (University of Victoria, Cree) in conjunction with the Editors of Decolonization.

Confirmed contributors to this volume include Glen Coulthard, Leanne Simpson, Taiaiake Alfred, Richard Van Camp, Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox, Matthew Wildcat and Mandee McDonald.

This issue invites contributors to discuss the role of land based education in the process of Decolonization. The issue will have two broad themes but contributors are encouraged to employ multiple orientations and emphasis.

The first theme is the practice of land based education. Submissions can range focus from pedagogical to political considerations, including:

  • Land based pedagogy: content, methods, and values within the practice of land based education for students and educators;
  • Indigenous articulations of land based education;
  • Contemporary and historical examples of Indigenous understandings of land based education;
  • The practice of working with communities, community members and elders in land based education;
  • How elder and community based perspectives are given space within land based education and the obstacles presented by orientations that (implicitly) privilege the epistemic standing of Universities and University affiliated educators;
  • Creating and maintaining sites of land based education within a contemporary context focused on prioritizing cost saving and job training education models;
  • Practices of education outside of mainstream institutions of education, or land based education as a site of struggle within institutions of education.

The second theme invites theoretical contributions about the land as a source of knowledge, learning and critique. As many have explored, engaging in a relationship with the ecology of the land, and non-human persons contains cultural knowledge about self, person-hood and relationships. Building upon indigenous epistemologies and other scholarly writing, the second theme asks for contributors to reflect upon ideas such as:

  • Land as a source of knowledge, learning and critique;
  • Indigenous conceptions of land, self, personhood and relationship;
  • Land relationships and ethics – personal, environmental, economic;
  • Articulating the connection between of land as a source knowledge to the practice of land based education;
  • Connections between land, dispossession, education, self-determination and decolonization.

The special issue is intended for audiences including and beyond academia including classroom and land based educators, policy makers, artists, and community members.

The editors welcome non-peer review papers, visual art, audio, photography, video, poetry or personal narratives that challenge the boundaries of scholarly production, either integrated with/in an article or as stand alone pieces.

Contributions are asked to submit an abstract by January 15th, 2014. Abstracts should be submitted Abstracts should be no longer than 200 words and indicate the following:

  • What theme your paper most closely aligns with.
  • The format of your submission (article, poetry, etc)
  • If you wish to have your article peer reviewed.

Article length submissions will be due May 5th, 2014. Selected articles will be published in late November/early December 2014.

Articles should follow our journal style guidelines, which can be found here:

Scholarly articles are subject to a double-blind peer review and details can be found here:


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Call for Papers – Strategies of Critique: Conference of the Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought

York University, Toronto, April 17th & 18th, 2014


In their article “Decolonizing Anti-Racism,” Bonita Lawrence and Ena Dua (2005) suggest that people of colour are complicit in colonization, and that anti-racism movements exclude Aboriginal people and perspectives. This article sparked a response by Nandita Sharma and Cynthia Wright (2008), who critiqued Lawrence and Dua’s conflation of settler colonialism and immigration, which Sharma and Wright argue includes in the definition of “settler” those who immigrate due to the impacts of colonization elsewhere. Sharma and Wright (2008) also questioned the implications of achieving decolonization through a nationalist project. These two seminal texts sparked a heated debate among scholars from various disciplines and have led to increased studies, discussions, and theorizations that consider, as a starting point, ongoing settler colonialism in Canada and elsewhere.

The theme “Decolonizing Anti-Racism” lays at the intersections of struggles for liberation, yet, at the same time, questions the possibilities of freedom in the context of the ongoing colonization of indigenous peoples and lands. Strategies of Critique invites scholars, activists, and artists to reflect on the contradictions that arise in struggles stemming from a “postcolonial world” in which colonialism is not past, but rather still very much present. We seek papers that attend to the implications of anti-racism activism and scholarly engagements that reimagine the socio-political world in which we live by having at their forefront a concern for the experiences of Indigenous peoples. Further, we are interested in the ways that anti-racism theory and practice uphold and sustain colonial discourse, and how, conversely, we can imagine our communities and ourselves without reproducing colonial dynamics within social movements and scholarship that works within a social justice framework.

We invite scholars, activists and artists to engage in critical inquiry that addresses the potential tensions between Indigenous and people of colour movements. Possible questions for exploration include: What are some of the bridges that can be built between Indigenous peoples and people of colour in struggles against racism, social exclusion, poverty, racialization, police violence, as well as through shared histories of colonization and dispossession? Is it possible to think of an anti-racist politics that is devoid of anti-colonial politics? In what ways do extant imperial and colonial forces operate differently towards these communities in terms of necropolitics (Mbembe, 2002) in determining who is invited into the realm of social life and who, instead, is confined to social death? This question—who must die so we may live—is central to our discussion on the theme of “decolonizing anti-racism.”

We welcome submissions from all fields that relate to Indigenous studies, social and political theory, critical race theory, anti-racism theory, settler-colonialism, postcolonial theory, art and literature, critical disability studies, gender, feminist and women’s studies, and equity studies.

We extend this invitation to community members and social justice activists who engage in this discussion through their community work or activist endeavours.

Possible topics include, but are in no way limited to:

Indigenous sovereignty

Immigration and citizenship


Police brutality/racial profiling

Environmental racism

(Neo)colonialism and settler-colonialism

Who/What is a “settler”?

Decolonization of the land and the mind

Shared histories of colonization

National and alternative memories

Decolonizing gender, sex, and sexuality


Disciplining of bodies


Notions of home and belonging

Critical intersectionality

Trauma and healing

Indigenous methodologies/decolonizing scholarship

Creative and narrative resistance

Alliances and oppositions in anti-racism and decolonization projects

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit your abstract no later than January 15, 2014 by email to strategies2014[at]gmail[dot]com.

Submissions must include the following elements in order to be considered:

1. A document (.doc or .pdf) containing an abstract of no more than 250 words, with title. Ensure that the author’s name(s) does not appear in the document, or in the text in a way that will compromise the anonymity of the review process.

2. A separate document (.doc or .pdf) containing biographical details: author name(s), institutional affiliation(s) (if applicable) and contact information.

3. Panel proposals should include a 250-word statement of the panel’s focus, and the abstracts and bios of proposed presenters.

Applicants will be notified of the decisions of the review committee by mid-February. For more information, please contact the conference committee at strategies2014[at]gmail[dot]com.

Call for Papers: Problématique

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In 2006, Stephen Harper touted Canada as “an emerging energy superpower”. Since then, a new politics of resistance, such as Idle No More, the Anti-Fracking movement, and Stop Line 9, has rallied to oppose this agenda and offer alternatives. In Problématique issue 14, we want seek answers to the following questions: How do these new politics of resistance help us question the current direction of economic, social and environmental development in Canada? How do they help us reimagine our role as academics, and in particular the often assumed relation between theory and practice? What alternatives do such movements suggest? With these questions in mind, we invite papers from a variety of disciplines and methodologies that touch on any of these questions or address themes such as:

۰The ethics of energy extraction, production, and consumption

۰Political ecology perspectives

۰Emerging social movements

۰New politics of resistance

۰Indigenous self-determination and radical politics

۰Land-based politics

۰Neoliberal policy and development in Canada

۰Corporate power and responsibility

۰Corporate and state repression of dissent

We welcome previously unpublished academic articles of 4000-6000 words, photo-essays, interviews, or reviews of up to 1000 words that address the problématique of alternative/radical perspectives on the intersections of politics, economics, the environment, and new subjectivities in Canada.

Please submit to by March 1st 2014