Call for Papers | Indigenous Borderlands in North America

Indigenous histories are reframing historical and contemporary borderlands in North America. This symposium (UNM, Nov. 3-4, 2022) seeks to develop new borderland and border-crossing approaches that center Indigenous peoples, homelands, political concerns, and related dynamics--temporally and spatially expanding borderlands frameworks. We encourage papers that approach borderlands themes including (but not limited to):

- Migrants and mobilities, including Indigenous  peoples as migrants, exiles, and refugees engaged in expansion, relocation, and diasporas.

- Kinship and intimacy, including issues related to gender, identity, families, and other-than-human relatives.

- Shared and contested spaces, including networks and entangled spaces, protected spaces of nature (parks, national forests, marine sanctuaries), and environmental concerns (toxicity, petrochemical development, climate change).

- Sovereignty and self-determination, including spaces of plural or nested sovereignties, political and spatial boundaries, jurisdictional issues, and political organizing.

- Violence, unfreedom, and resistance, including border town violence, slavery, and the carceral state.

- Frameworks and language that move beyond the settler-Indigenous binary to include Black, Asian, Asian American, Latinx, Pacific Islander peoples, and various other communities in the borderlands.


We are particularly eager for proposals from tribal nations and Indigenous organizations or scholars working with Indigenous communities. See the full announcement for submission information and more details.


CFP deadline: Nov. 10, 2021.