Call for Applications — NCAIS Summer Institute

“Looking for Native Sovereignty: Property, Citizenship and the Violence of Settler Colonialism”

Summer Institute, Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS)

July 13th – August 8th 2015

led by

Prof. Jennifer Denetdale, University of New Mexico

Prof.  David Correia, University of New Mexico


The Newberry Library, Chicago

This institute addresses current topics in critical Indigenous Studies through an exploration of the intersections of tribal nations, concepts of property, capitalism, settler colonialism, and neoliberalism. We will begin with a focus on settler colonial violence and the way that violence has served to establish new legal statuses for tribal nations and move to explorations of the interconnections of settler colonialism, capitalism and neoliberalism as structures of violence that indigenous peoples must negotiate as they struggle for sovereignty and self-determination.  Drawing upon a number of archival sources, including the Edward Ayer and Everett D. Graff collections, students will investigate the Newberry’s primary sources, including oral history transcripts, photographs, and early publications on Native peoples.  Some of the questions this seminar raises include the following: How does an understanding of the history of settler colonialism continue to play out within the legal and political structures through which Native peoples were and continue to be dispossessed?  How has settler colonialism transformed indigenous landholding, homemaking, personhood, etc., to create modern tribal nations that in many ways have taken on the same structures as other modern Western nations? In what ways have modern notions of nation reshaped tribal nations to naturalize concepts of heteropatriarchy that extend to family, marriage and sexuality? How do we apply these analytics to archival documents?

As a member of NCAIS, UNM is entitled to send one graduate student to the four-week summer institute at the prestigious Newberry Library. The successful UNM applicant will be reimbursed up to $500 for travel, will have housing provided for free at the Canterbury Court Apartments, and receive a $600 stipend.  A UNM faculty committee will review applications and choose our graduate representative.

To Apply: Please send the following items to Dr. Jennifer Denetdale at as attachments or mail to her at the Dept. of American Studies, MSC 03 2011, Humanities 430:

  • letter of application stating why you hope to attend and how this institute will help further your research interests and program;
  • a short 2 page c.v.;
  • and two letters of recommendation from faculty members who are familiar with your work to our NCAIS Faculty Liaison by April 3, 2015 by 5pm

If you have questions about your application or the course you can email Dr. Denetdale at or Dr. Cathleen Cahill at

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