The annual meeting of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) was held last week in Tucson, Arizona. It was yet again a dynamic and exciting meeting, bringing together scholars from a wide range of disciplines and from universities, research organizations, and communities all over the world. Overall, there were nearly 800 registrations and over 100 sessions on topics ranging from Indigenous ethics and methodologies to sovereignty and literary criticism, and much more.
Archive for May, 2010
First Peoples has a busy week ahead. You’ve likely heard about Native American and Indigenous Studies Association’s (NAISA) conference this week in Tucson, Arizona. This year’s conference looks to be lively and dynamic with so many of the association’s membership engaged in responses to Arizona’s recent legislative actions, as well as their own on-going scholarly investigations. We’re hosting a series of events as well:
WEDNESDAY, May 19, Dissertation Revision Workshop
On Wednesday afternoon, we’re sponsoring a dissertation revision workshop for forthcoming First Peoples authors with William Germano, author of From Dissertation to Book (University of Chicago Press 2005). Participants invited to this half-day workshop will focus on revising the doctoral dissertation for publication. Conducted in seminar format, the workshop explores means of strengthening skills in professional writing and project design. While the primary focus of the session is the new Ph.D. and his or her dissertation manuscript, Germano’s work also extends beyond that horizon.
This week the International Society of Enthnobiology (ISE) convenes in Tofino, British Columbia. The congress brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from around the world to tackle the key issues of our times, such as community-conserved areas and food sovereignty. The organization, which held its inaugural congress in Belém, Brazil in 1988, has a stated mission to recognize the central role of Indigenous peoples in all global, regional, and local processes, and the ICE works to support and promote the critical efforts of Indigenous peoples, traditional societies, and local communities in the conservation of biological, cultural and linguistic diversity.
The “Celebration of Latin America, Mexico, and the Borderlands” was held last month in honor of Professor Susan Deeds’ upcoming retirement from Northern Arizona University’s history department. Dr. Deeds has published many widely cited books and articles, including Defiance and Deference in Mexico’s Colonial North: Indians under Spanish Rule in Nueva Vizcaya (University of Texas Press 2003) and is a co-editor of one of the standard textbooks on Mexican history. She is recognized as being one of the leading historians of colonial Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.
This conference brought together many of Deeds’ peers and former students, including some of the most recognized scholars of Mexican and Latin American Indigenous pre-colonial and colonial history and U.S.-Mexico border history. As each presenter honored Dr. Deeds with odes to her work and her baking, memories of her as a mentor and teacher, and humorous recollections of collaborations and travels together, it became clear that Dr. Deeds’ dedication to her students and colleagues added yet another dimension to her notable scholarly contributions.
In the past week, much media attention has centered on Arizona’s stringent new immigration law, Senate Bill 1070, and the more recently proposed legislation to ban ethnic studies courses in all Arizona K-12 schools. The laws and the debates surrounding them have been taken to heart by members of the newly formed Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) whose annual conference is scheduled to be held in Tucson, Arizona later this month. In the impassioned discussion that has taken place on NAISA’s website since the passage of the bill, members of the association have pointed out that many of those who will be most greatly impacted by this new legislation have Latin American Indigenous roots. In recognition of this fact and the widely shared belief that the bill is an affront to civil rights, many members feel a moral obligation to take a stand as a group.