Jobs – Graduate Work Learn at The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication. Due:

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The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication is hiring for the 2017-18 academic year. These Work Learn positions have been posted on CareersOnline and will close on August 13, 2017. 
Position Title: WL W17 Peer Writing Consultant
CareersOnline Job ID: 839394
Hourly Wage: $20.60
Consultants with the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) have the opportunity to serve the UBC student body in a number of ways. Writing Consultants primarily work with students, one-on-one or in small groups, to provide support specific to writing and academic communication. However, the role can also include developing and leading workshops, providing embedded support within a classroom, working with UBC Library and the Chapman Learning Commons team to develop online modules and resources, and promoting the service to students and faculty members alike. For successful graduate student applicants, the role may also include leading panels on thesis and dissertation writing and assisting at Thesis Boot Camp and other special events. 
The CWSC serves students from all disciplines and programs, and is a welcoming and inclusive space in which students can ask questions and share their work on their journeys to becoming stronger writers. A good writing consultant is flexible, curious, and comes into each interaction without preconceived notions about a student or their learning and writing process. They understand and value the role of writing as both a form of communication and a learning tool, and are open to the forms it takes across campus. They desire collaboration with peers and students and are actively looking for ways to grow.
For more information, please contact the Program Manager, Rebecca Shaw, at rebecca.shaw@ubc.ca.

CFP – Ethics of Belonging: Protocols, Pedagogies, Land and Stories – Indigenous Literary Studies Association Conference. Due: Jan 31, 2017

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Ethics of Belonging: Protocols, Pedagogies, Land and Stories: ILSA’s Annual Conference

this year held at the Stó:lō Nation Teaching Longhouse 7201 Vedder Road, Chilliwack on the Unceded, traditional territories of the Stó:lō peoples

We invite scholars, knowledge-keepers, artists, and community members to join us in generating new conversations about protocols, pedagogies, land, and stories from a wide variety of perspectives, including tribally-centred, inter-tribal, pan-national, urban/suburban, and trans-Indigenous, at ILSA’s third annual gathering, this time taking place on the unceded, traditional territories of the Stó:lō peoples in the Stó:lō Teaching Longhouse in Chilliwack, B.C. In a 2007 essay Stó:lō historian Dr. Albert Sonny Naxaxalhts’i McHalsie shares a Halq’emélem statement that is often interpreted as an assertion of Aboriginal rights and title: “S’ólh Téméxw te ikw’elo. Xolhmet te mekw’stam it kwelat,” which can be translated as “This is our Land. We have to take care of everything that belongs to us” (85). As McHalsie reflects on the boundaries of his territory, he follows the protocols of his community, consulting his elders to uncover teachings embedded in the Halq’emélem language and in Stó:lō stories. Through these protocols he replaces Western concepts of ownership with Stó:lō understandings of personal connection to place, sharing stories that explicate multiple ways of reading the land around him. McHalsie concludes that the statement is not merely an assertion of what belongs to Stó:lō but of belonging, insisting that as his people take care of their territory they necessarily have to take care of stories and understandings of the world embedded within wider kinship relations—between communities, nations, cultures, languages, as well as with the other-than-human.

Inspired by McHalsie’s words, Ethics of Belonging: Protocols, Pedagogies, Land and Stories asks participants to consider ways in which our scholarship, activism, and creative work cares for stories and centres Indigenous perspectives. In what ways can this care and attention honour Indigenous protocols and shape our pedagogies? How might writers or artists who live distanced or alienated from home territories practice such ethics? How might we consider Indigenous cultural production in cyberspace as linked to land? What does it mean to read texts through treaty documents, the history of colonization, or stories that emerge from land-theft and dislocation? What new traditions are Indigenous people, especially those who live in the city, creating?

The Indigenous Literary Studies Association supports diverse modes of creating and disseminating knowledge. Prospective participants are invited to propose conference papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, performances, and other formats for special sessions. Panel sessions will be 90 minutes in duration, with at least 15 minutes for questions and discussion. In keeping with our desire to enable dialogue and community- based learning, we welcome session proposals that utilize non-standard or alternative formats. While open to all proposals dealing with Indigenous literary arts, ILSA encourages proposals for sessions and individual presentations that engage with the following topics:

• “Taking care of everything that belongs to us,” land claims and cultural repatriation
• Stó:lō narrative arts and Stó:lō literary history, present, and future
• Politics of belonging and kinship relations
• Land, ecological responsibility, and environmental ethics
• Land-based solidarities, urban Indigenous communities, and the literary arts
• Literary methods and Indigenous protocols
• The politics of protocols—gender and surveillance
• Two-Spirit and queer Indigenous critical ecologies
• Land, stories, and narrative arts as praxis
• Autonomy and alliance in unceded traditional territories
• Community-based participatory research, pedagogies, and literary studies
• Alliances among Indigenous and diasporic artists
• Mediations of orality and Indigenous material cultures
• Collaborative creation and multi-media
• Artistic expressions of sovereignty and self-determination
• Responsibility, community, and artistic expression
• Community-specific Indigenous knowledge and ethics in scholarship or art
• methodologies and practices in Indigenous literary studies to serve the needs of Indigenous communities

The Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA) was founded in 2014 to promote the scholarship and teaching of Indigenous writing and storytelling in Canada. One way to make our study of Indigenous literatures relevant to the writers who produce the stories we read, teach and study is to meet every other year at national conferences as part of Congress, and meet alternating years in Indigenous communities. In 2015 we met at Six Nations of the Grand River, near Hamilton, Ontario, and in 2016 we met at Congress, hosted that year at the University of Calgary. From June 18-20, 2017 we will be meeting on the unceded, traditional territories of the Stó:lō peoples, in Chilliwack, B.C., about a half hour drive from the Abbotsford airport and about a one and a half hour drive from downtown Vancouver. This time was chosen to coincide with the annual conference of NAISA, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association meeting, at UBC from June 22-24, 2017.

Proposals are due on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 and this year’s proposals can be submitted to ilsa@sfu.ca. If you do not receive an acknowledgment of your proposal within 7 days, please contact the ILSA council members directly, especially in-coming ILSA President Deanna Reder or ILSA Secretary Sophie McCall. We remind you that prospective participants must be members in order to present at ILSA 2017 in Chilliwack.

Membership Rates are $40 (faculty) or $20 (students, community members, or underwaged) for one year. Please visit our website at
ILSA 2017 Call for Papers
http://www.indigenousliterarystudies.org/membership-1/ to complete your membership.

Thank you for your continued support. Please note that for the 2016-2017 year, we will be using this email, ilsa@sfu.ca; we encourage our members to contact the ILSA Council directly should you have any concerns or ideas you wish to share.

The Indigenous Literary Studies Association Council 2016-2017
Deanna Reder, President (dhr@sfu.ca)
Jesse Archibald-Barber, President Elect (jbarber@firstnationsuniversity.ca)
Sophie McCall, Secretary (smccall@sfu.ca)
June Scudeler, Treasurer (june.scudeler@gmail.com)
Sarah Henzi, Early Career Member (sarahhenzi@gmail.com)
Angela Semple, Graduate Member (angelasemple@trentu.ca)
Sam McKegney, Past President (sam.mckegney@queensu.ca) http://www.indigenousliterarystudies.org
Email: ilsa@sfu.ca

CFP – Essays on The Indigenous Everyday. Due: May 15, 2017

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Call for Papers: Essays on The Indigenous Everyday
Your auntie dies and you get a letter from the Secretary of the Interior—who knew they cared? You have a fantasy of punching—no, scalping—that guy in the PTA who just said to you: “I have Indian blood too, but not enough to get money.”  Once again, you draw the unhappy chore at a cocktail party of explaining what was not cool about Buffalo Soldiers, President Lincoln, and The Revenant. Also not cool: naming a dog “Denali.” Like everyone else, you go home for the holidays. But you also go home for ceremonies to grieve the losses of the last two centuries: relatives lost in battlefields, museums, boarding schools. You say the Lord’s Prayer in your Native language because you can. Not because you believe it. Or maybe you do.
             What is your riff on The Indigenous Everyday? How does history live and breathe and sometimes completely ruin the ordinary stuff of life? What do you wish non-Natives understood about indigenous experience, history and culture—the good, the bad, and the absurdly beautiful? What riffs do you tell your friends to get you through? How do you, in Charlie Hill’s words, “turn poison into medicine”?
            Our proposed essay collection, I [Heart] Nixon: Essays on the Indigenous Everyday, seeks complete manuscripts of creative nonfiction—personal essays, riffs, mixed-genre pieces and prose poems—that reveal the quotidian pain and ordinary beauty of indigenous life today. We aim for a collection that deftly incorporates humor, history, and individual voice from a range of writers. We invite submissions from writers in the United States, Canada, and the indigenous Pacific.  When applicable, submissions should include a short bibliography “For Further Reading” at the end of the piece, as we aim to market this collection to high school, university, and popular readers. No in-text citations, please! The publisher will be announced later this fall.
            Complete manuscripts should be formatted double-spaced, one-inch margins, in 12-point Times New Roman font.
            Complete manuscripts are due May 15, 2017.
            Send manuscripts to: nixon.anthology@gmail.com
            Questions? Contact Beth H. Piatote and Philip J. Deloria, co-editors, I [Heart] Nixon: Essays on the Indigenous Everyday, at nixon.anthology@gmail.com


Tenure-Track Job Openings, UNLV English Department

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The UNLV English Department is searching for three tenure-track positions. Please follow the links to the right for more information about these positions. For information about the university’s diversity profile, please click on the “UNLV Diversity Fact Sheet” link.

Upcoming SAGE events in 2017

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Bula Vinaka Everyone,

We are just planning our SAGE events for January onwards and wanted to let you know what we have planned and get some feedback around timing and dates
Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee
We are looking for Indigenous graduate students to be on the planning committee for this years Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining us and I will send you the details for the next meeting.
Weekend Writing Retreat
We will be hosting a weekend writing retreat in early February, please keep an eye out for the invite!
12 Week Writing Intensive
We would like to host a 12 week writing intensive. This is a chance of you to commit to meeting every fortnight for 12 weeks to make a plan for a writing goal and then share your progress with the group. The meetings will be every fortnight from 12:30-3:30, we just need a day of the week. So if this sounds like something you would be interested in please get in touch with a day(s) that works for you and we will go with the majority day.
Coffee and Catch Up
We would like to run coffee and catch up again from January. Coffee and Catch Up is a social gathering once a week in the morning, if this is something you would like to come to please let me know which day of the week works best for you (usually we run them from 9:30 onwards) and we will send out an invite once we have a day of the week.
Anything else….
If there is something else you would like SAGE to run please get in touch. We are hoping to get visiting Indigenous academics to also spend some time with graduate students, and we will keep you updated as those opportunities arise. But if there are other workshops or gatherings that you think would be helpful please let us know.
Thank you,

Sereana Naepi

Public Scholar | University of British Columbia
PhD Candidate | Educational Studies | Faculty of Education
Contact: grad.sage@ubc.ca

Graduate Pathways to Success Workshops

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Registration is now open for:

Leveraging your LinkedIn Profile (via Webinar; in partnership with Centre for Student Involvement & Careers)

Having a great LinkedIn profile is as important as having a great resume. Get tips on how to build a great LinkedIn profile as well as how to use the tool to find people and opportunities that will help you reach your career potential.

December 10th, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM PST

For further information or to register, visit https://community.grad.ubc.ca/gps/event/13044


Student Leadership Conference, January 9th, 2016.  The schedule is now posted at http://students.ubc.ca/slc/slc-schedule . Introduced for the first time this year is Rise – a series of workshops open only to Graduate students who aim to continue their personal and professional development as they rise to new opportunities.  You can register online at http://students.ubc.ca/student-leadership-conference


Check out https://community.grad.ubc.ca/calendar/2015-12 for more December workshops including:

-Maximizing Your Effectiveness in Difficult Conversations for Student Learning and Well-Beinghttps://community.grad.ubc.ca/event/2257

– Fostering Student Wellbeing in the Learning Environment: You Have a Vital Role to Play https://community.grad.ubc.ca/event/2259

Dec 14 and 15 graduate student writing groups at the research commons.

Funding – 2016 Summer Indigenous Writer-in Residence & Summer Scholar Fellowships. Due: Jan 11, 2016

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Call for Applicants to Indigenous Writer-in-Residence Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research
The School for Advanced Research (SAR), with the generous support of Lannan Foundation, is seeking applicants for the Indigenous Writer-in-Residence fellowship.  The purpose of this fellowship is to advance the work of an indigenous writer pursuing their creative project while enabling them to interact with local scholarly, artist, and Native communities. The fellowship runs from mid-June to early August and is open to writers indigenous to the United States or Canada.  The fellow is provided with a $6,000 stipend, on-campus housing, studio space, supplies allowance, library support, and travel reimbursement to and from SAR.
The deadline to apply is Monday, January 11.  For more information and to access our online application system, please visit sarweb.org and click on the Programs link or call Maria Spray at 505-954-7237.
The School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, NM invites applications for its 2016 Summer Scholar Fellowships.
SAR awards fellowships each year to several scholars in anthropology and related fields to pursue research or writing projects that promote understanding of human behavior, culture, society, and the history of anthropology. Scholars from the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply.
Competitive proposals have a strong empirical dimension, meaning that they address the facts of human life on the ground. They also situate the proposed research within a specific cultural or historical context and engage a broad scholarly literature. Applicants should make a convincing case for the intellectual significance of their projects and their potential contribution to a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
SAR provides summer scholars a small stipend, a rent-free apartment and office on campus, an allowance account, library support, and other benefits during a seven-week tenure, which starts in mid-June.
Two types of fellowships are available:
  • Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Fellowship. Up to three residential fellowships are available each summer for doctoral level scholars and PhD candidates in the social sciences, humanities, or arts.
  • William Y. and Nettie K. Adams Fellowship in the History of Anthropology. One residential fellowship is available each summer for a doctoral level scholar or PhD candidate whose project focuses on the history of anthropology.
Deadline for applications is January 11, 2016.
For more information on summer scholar fellowships and other SAR programs, please visit our website.


Research Commons Workshops for November

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Good Afternoon,

We have been working hard to add services to the research commons that will help UBC’s graduate students even more.  At the end of October and going forward we added a new writing group that will offer feedback and support for graduate students to help them start and keep a writing habit.  This is in addition to all of our other continuing services.

Thank you for all of your help in passing this information along!

Here is the newsletter link:

With gratitude,

Mark Christensen
Student Coordinator
Koerner Library Research Commons

Coyote Keyboard Workshop by Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald, Nov 4, 2015, 12-1:30 pm

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Coyote's Keyboard - Dr. Archibald

Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, Q’um Q’um Xiiem, is Sto:lo and St’at’imc, Associate Dean for Indigenous Education, NITEP Director, and Professor in Educational Studies. She will share her scholarly writing experiences and guidance that she received from Indigenous Elders, storytellers, and Tricksters such as Coyote about Indigenous stories. In this session, she and those who attend will have an opportunity to share their approaches, concerns, and successes about the ways that Indigenous stories can shape our writing so that we address the heart, mind, body, and spirit in our scholarship. Dr. Archibald is the author of “Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit” published by UBC Press in 2008.

The Coyote’s Keyboard Writing Series emphasizes ways of presenting and writing Indigenous scholarship. All are welcome to attend these sessions.

Coyote’s Keyboard – Dr. Archibald

Coyote’s Keyboard – Writing the Ph.D. Thesis in an Indigenous Voice: Content, Context, and Controversy, Sep. 30, 2015

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Coyote’s Keyboard
Writing the Ph.D. Thesis in an Indigenous Voice: Content, Context, and Controversy
Coyote's Keyboard Presentation about Thesis Writing, Sept 30, 2015
Wednesday, September 30
12:30 – 1:30
Light refreshments provided
Scarfe 310
Hosted by Ts”kel Indigenous Graduate Studies & the Indigenous Education Institute of Canada
Nisga’a Architect Patrick Stewart defended his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies at the First Nations House of Learning at UBC in April 2015. His decolonizing analysis of design paradigms for Indigenous architects was written in a non-standard form. The words on the page invoked both aural and visual patterns, Nisga’a expression, and Indigenous experience. Dr. Stewart’s controversial thesis received international media attention immediately after it was successfully defended. Does this work and the recent writing of other Indigenous scholars who challenge the assumptions of the academy represent an emergent space for Indigenous knowledge systems to transform universities? Dr. Stewart has explained aspects of his journey through the Ph.D. in the following ways: believing in my own life context culturally gave me strength to freely question the parameters of my life/work both professionally and academically i had to come to understand that underlying all of my thinking and writing was my personal belief in the importance of my culture through respect/relationships/relevance/reflection/reciprocity/redistribution/ responsibility
Please join Dr. Patrick Stewart for a conversation on culturally responsive academic writing returning to an Indigenous space of reflection and connection.