2016 NCAIS Spring Workshop | Newberry

2016 NCAIS Spring Workshop

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“The Textual Continuum”: Media and Method in Native Archives
Thursday, March 10, 2016Saturday, March 12, 2016

Newberry Library

Margery Fee, University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Phillip H. Round, University of Iowa
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
NCAIS Spring Workshop in Research Methods

This workshop will explore Newberry Library’s unsurpassed collection of Native American print and visual materials to offer students hands-on implementation of the newest interpretive methodologies in Indigenous media studies.

The binary between orality and literacy, used to mark Native American cultures as backwards and white settler culture as uniquely civilized, has been called the “Great Divide” and “a relic of academic colonialism.”

“Media and Method in Native Studies” will move beyond a longstanding scholarly obsession with writing to examine how Native people used a variety of media to get their opinions into the mainstream. It will be led by Margery Fee, author of Literary Land Claims: The “Indian Land Question” from Pontiac’s War to Attawapiskat (Wilfred Laurier UP, 2015), and Phillip Round, whose monograph, Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country (UNC Press, 2010) won the MLA’s James Russell Lowell Prize. Readings and discussion will consider issues relating to locating and analyzing Native communicative forms in a variety of media, including courtroom and commission testimony, newspaper and periodical articles, speeches, and literature.

Cross-cutting themes: ethics (appropriation / mediation); textualization (from speech to manuscript/print/tape/video); Indigenous traditional media (sign language, pictographs, birchbark, doodems, crests and poles, wampum); writing systems for Indigenous languages; transmission of literacy within traditional teaching networks; early Indigenous newspapers, periodicals, and presses; tracking Indigenous speech and opinions in mainstream media/records (commissions/hearings/trials); Indigenous rhetorics and genres.

Workshop Participants:

Lauren Harmon, Cornell University

Layla Bermeo, Harvard University

Aaron Luedtke, Michigan State University

Chad Infante, Northwestern University

Andrew Ferris, Princeton University

Stephen Greenhalgh, University of British Columbia

Deanne Grant, University of Colorado, Boulder

Jennifer Meixner, University of Winnipeg

Samantha Majhor, University of Minnesota

Shae Cox, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Amy Gore, University of New Mexico

Patricia Dawson, University of Oklahoma

Lydia Heberling, University of Washington

Juliet Larkin-Gilmore, Vanderbilt University

Naomi Sussman, Yale University

Reinette Tendor, University of Wyoming

Cost and Registration Information 

The Spring Workshop is only available to graduate students in NCAIS-affiliated institutions