Executive Committee:

Christopher Pexa, Jan. 2022 (2021 Ch.)
Margaret A. Noodin, Jan. 2023 (2021 Sec.)
Eric Gary Anderson, Jan. 2024
Angela Calcaterra, Jan. 2025
Kelly Wisecup, Delegate Assembly Representative, Jan. 2023


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    Judy Bertonazzi

    Dear Colleagues,


    Call for Proposals for articles on the theme of INDIGENOUS RIGHTS REFLECTED IN INDIGENOUS STORIES AND STORYTELLING. Articles will be included in a guest-edited Fall 2014 issue of the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge newsletter (ICIK E-News). Located at the Pennsylvania State University, the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge is part of a global network of indigenous knowledge resource centers, and it is the only global indigenous knowledge resource center in the United States. ICIK’s newsletter is published electronically in Spring, Summer, and Fall. The ICIK Newsletter is archived at http://icik.psu.edu.

    As the Guest Editor for the Fall 2014 newsletter, I am seeking submissions that focus on the theme of indigenous rights as they are reflected in indigenous stories and storytelling practices. We hope to address the following questions about stories and storytelling as an indigenous practice for expressing perspectives on rights: How do stories and storytelling reflect indigenous understandings of people’s rights within tribes and nations, and across political boundaries? Why are stories and storytelling powerful ways to express worldviews, knowledges, and activism within indigenous communities? How can stories and storytelling build cross-cultural understandings of indigenous rights issues?

    Proposal topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

    Land rights
    Rights to and control of natural resources
    Self-government, sovereignty
    Self-autonomy and self-determination within communal settings
    Nation building
    Sustaining and protecting the environment
    Development assistance
    Rights to political authority
    Improved gender relations
    Mediation of tensions and historical conflicts between national governments and indigenous peoples residing within their boundaries
    Transformations from violence, disease, abuse, and confinement to hope and authority within indigenous
    Repudiation of colonial European myths about indigenous people
    Adoption of the written word and visual media as methods for reclaiming rights
    Modern adaptation of oral storytelling traditions
    Decolonization of settler models of territory, jurisdiction, and race
    Native women’s roles in imagining and mapping tribal and non-tribal nations
    Intellectual property (e.g., medicinal plant knowledge and uses) in the preservation of folklore and
    other traditional forms of knowledge
    Queer or two-spirit representations of indigenous identity
    Expressions of indigenous identity in literary traditions
    Language recovery and language extinction
    Use of the English language as a means of cross-cultural communication and counter actions
    Translation of stories from indigenous languages to English

    A proposal, not exceeding 300 words, must be submitted by January 1, 2014. Notification of acceptance will be made by January 15, 2014. Articles accepted for publication should not exceed 2,000 words and should be a minimum of 1,000 words. Articles must be submitted electronically by February 3, 2014.

    To submit a proposal, attach a Word document to your e-mail and send it to: Judy M. Bertonazzi at bertonazzij@gmail.com.

    Please e-mail me with any questions you may have about the proposal submission and review, or the selection and final submission process.

    Thank you!

    Judy M. Bertonazzi
    Ph.D., English Literature and Criticism

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