NCAIS Graduate Workshop in Research Methods “Betting on Indian Country: Indian Gaming in the Archives” March 19th – 21st 2014

Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS) Graduate Workshop in Research Methods “Betting on Indian Country: Indian Gaming in the Archives” March 19th – 21st 2014 / University of Nevada, Las Vegas

TO APPLY: Please send a letter of application stating why you hope to attend and how this workshop 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, Dr. Erin Debenport. Her email address is and her mailing address is Department of Anthropology MSC01-1040, Anthropology 1 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131

This research workshop will examine Indian gaming in the context of gambling’s deep and global history. The workshop will be hosted by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas’ Special Collections and the Center of Gaming Research. UNLV’s Gaming Archives feature the Taxe Collection (more than 700 fictional and non-fictional records pertaining to gaming that date to the 19th century), trade publications and manuscript collections pertaining to casinos and resorts throughout the world (such as Mandalay Bay and the Sands). Readings and discussion will consider issues relating to the history, culture and politics of Indian gaming. Research in the archives will then enable students to place Indian gaming in comparative and global contexts. Students may pursue topics related to law and policy; the development of the service economy; comparative histories of gaming (e.g., Las Vegas, riverboats, and Atlantic City); gaming and literature; casino resort development; and tourism. led by William Bauer, PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Erin Debenport, PhD, University of New Mexico Each NCAIS institution is entitled to one slot in the three-day workshop. Students may participate in the workshop as part of an introduction to critical methodologies in American Indian Studies. Students should apply directly to their NCAIS Faculty Liaison by February 3, 2014. Housing will be provided and participants will be reimbursed up to $500 for travel.

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