Event—McNickle Center

2023 NCAIS Graduate Student Conference

Lithograph of Osage people visiting Paris in 1827. VAULT oversize Ayer Art Boilly

NCAIS Graduate Students will be presenting papers in a number of academic fields related to American Indian and Indigenous Studies. NCAIS faculty members and other audience members help presenters further develop their ideas and arguments through questions and constructive feedback.

The NCAIS Graduate Conference sessions are open to all students and faculty at NCAIS institutions. However, the NCAIS Liaisons’ Meeting, Graduate Luncheon, and Refreshments & Dinner are limited to student presenters, faculty liaisons, and session chairs. The NCAIS Steering Committee meeting is limited to committee members.

Schedule at a Glance

Friday, February 10

2 pm – 4 pm: Optional Tour and Collection Presentation (Meet in Lobby)

Saturday, February 11

8:00 am: Registration Open; Coffee and Light Breakfast Available (Rettinger Hall)

8:45 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks (Rettinger Hall)

9:00 am – 10:30 am: Concurrent Sessions (Rettinger Hall, Baskes Boardroom, and B84)

  • Session 1: The Politics of Memory and Remembering
  • Session 2: Examining the Impacts of Colonialism Beyond the Contiguous United States
  • Session 3: Space and Place in Museums, Landscapes, and Cities

10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Concurrent Sessions (Rettinger Hall, Baskes Boardroom, B82, and B84)

  • Session 4: New Perspectives on US Indian Boarding Schools and Indigenous Education
  • Session 5: Threats to and Maintenance of Human and Non-Human Relations
  • Session 6: Reading Gender and Politics in Material Culture
  • Session 7: Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Health, Performance, and Popular Culture

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch

  • NCAIS Liaisons’ Annual Meeting (Wade Conference Room)
  • Graduate Student Luncheon (B92 and B94)

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Concurrent Sessions (Rettinger Hall, Baskes Boardroom, and B84)

  • Session 8: The Cherokee Nation in the 19th Century
  • Session 9: Re-reading Colonial and Indigenous Texts
  • Session 10: 20th Century Stories of Indigenous Communities, Youth, and Families

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm: Break

3:30 pm – 5 pm: Concurrent Sessions (Rettinger Hall, Baskes Boardroom, and B84)

  • Session 11: Land-Based Rights and Relationalities
  • Session 12: Considering the Impacts of Colonialism through Violence, Law, and Borderlands
  • Session 13: Colonial Narratives and Misrepresentations Across Literature, Tourism, and Biopolitics

5 pm – 6 pm: Refreshments (Ruggles Hall)

6 pm – 8 pm: Dinner and Keynote Presentation, “Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories” at the Field Museum (Ruggles Hall)

Sunday February 12

9 am – 11 am: NCAIS Steering Committee Meeting (The McRae Room, the Talbott Hotel)

The full conference program with abstracts is available here.

Logistics for participants:

If you are not presenting at the conference or serving as a session chair, but are a faculty member or student at an NCAIS institution, please email mcnickle@newberry.org to register for the conference.

Student presenters should submit their completed papers to McNickle Center Program Coordinator Sarah Jimenez at jimenezs@newberry.org by January 27 for peer review with their fellow panelists.

The Talbott Hotel will accommodate faculty liaisons and chairs, as well as students presenting at the conference who completed registration.  Please purchase all of your own travel accommodations, retain original receipts, and submit them to Newberry Administrative Coordinator Salma Geneidy for reimbursement after the conference. You will also need to complete a W-9 or W-8BEN in order for your reimbursement to be processed.  If you are driving, the hotel recommends the parking garage located at 900 N. Michigan Avenue.

If you have any questions related to the conference, or would like to receive announcements and updates about NCAIS programs through the NCAIS mailing list, please send an email request to McNickle Center Program Coordinator Sarah Jimenez.