Summer Seminar Call for Applications, Due April 11

GRAD STUDENTS: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS UNM-NCAIS SUMMER SEMINAR: *The deadline is April 11* (application details below) We hope you will apply for this incredible opportunity. Note, travel and housing expenses are paid for through the consortium membership! _RECORDING THE NATIVE AMERICAS: INDIGENOUS SPEECH, REPRESENTATION, AND THE POLITICS OF WRITING_ At the Newberry Library, Chicago Monday, July 7, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014 Led by Dr. Ellen Cushman and Dr. Rocío Quispe-Agnoli, Michigan State University Departing from typical constructions of systems of communication and the notions of “literacy” at large, this seminar examines the relationship between Indigenous languages of the Americas and the politics of their writing before and after the arrival of the Europeans in 1492. This seminar explores scholarship in native Americas, indigenous language, and studies of colonialism with three questions in mind: (a) how has the acquisition of alphabetic script impacted (Latin) American indigenous communities, primarily its effects on identities, languages, and cultural institutions;(b) what knowledge is produced today about these communities and their changing responses to what they consider local and global languages and identities; and (c) how have indigenous communities used global networks to advance their own ideas regarding cultural maintenance and language preservation? Framed in ongoing discussions of decolonizing thought, we discuss several forms of writing, record keeping and representational systems, tracing the long history of meaning making in the Americas. We pay special attention to Andean and Iroquoian systems of representation as examples of key moments of resistance to the alphabetic influence and the civilizing force of the letter. Along the way, we highlight the methodological difficulties of removing an alphabetic lens to see writing systems in their own right. We encourage applicants interested in indigenous meaning making practices no matter the discipline: Humanities students can find ample opportunity to study visual, material, and symbolic representations; History students can explore the tensions of colonial and indigenous struggles for making and disseminating knowledge; and archeology and Anthropology students will be introduced to a wide range of material forms of representation and will explore their value; students of English, Linguistics, American Studies, and Latin American Studies will have the opportunity to study visual and written rhetorical expression of Indigenous authors across the hemisphere and find overlooked links among their works. Students will propose and undertake research using the Newberry Library’s collections (and, if applicable, artifacts from the collections the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute) and will write an original research paper to be presented in a conference at the conclusion of the seminar. Participants will be encouraged to either incorporate their findings in the dissertation projects and/or to revise their papers for publication in academic journals of their field. Housing will be provided for free at Canterbury Court Apartments and a maximum of $500 travel expenses will be reimbursed to all participants. Each NCAIS institution is entitled to one slot to the summer institute, which will have a maximum of eighteen participants. Send your application material to Dr. Erin Debenport, UNM’s faculty liaison at or to Department of Anthropology MSC01-1040 ***by April 11th, 2014*** To Apply please send 1. a letter of application stating why you hope to attend and how this workshop will help further your research interests and program, 2. a short 2 page c.v. 3. _2_ letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with your work Benefits of the NCAIS summer seminar: *travel and lodging in Chicago are paid for by the consortium *the opportunity to take a class from top scholars in the field of Native studies *an opportunity to network with graduate students and professors from the other top-flight universities in the consortium *the institute overlaps with the NCAIS graduate student conference, so students can also use the opportunity to present a paper to their NCAIS peers as well as the NCIAS faculty liaisons who will be in attendance. *networking opportunities with the scholars at the Newberry for the summer (often top scholars in Native and indigenous studies) * an individual carrel at the Newberry Library and access to their incredibly collections in indigenous culture. *a month in Chicago. For more information, please see the Newberry website: URL: For UNM-NCAIS, see