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