Indigenous Literary Studies Association

Association #307
Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA)
Conference dates: 
Monday, May 28, 2018 to Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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Sovereign Histories, Gathering Bones, Embodying Land: A Gathering of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association, oskana kâ-asastêki, Treaty 4 Territory, May 28 - May 30, 2018.

For its 4th annual gathering, and 2nd time at Congress, the Indigenous Literary Studies Association invites scholars, knowledge-keepers, writers, artists, and community members to explore the connections between sovereignty, gathering, and embodiment in Indigenous literatures, and how these function as carriers of memory and knowledge.

ILSA's theme is related to the Congress 2018 theme, "Gathering Diversities / Diversités convergentes / mâmawihitotân nanâtohk-ayisiyiniwak," which reflects the history of the Regina area as a traditional place of gathering, evoked in the city's original place name, Wascana, or oskana kâ-asastêki, the place where the bones are gathered. This refers both to the region's heritage as rich buffalo hunting grounds for a multitude of Plains cultures, and the clearing of the plains in the colonization of the land and peoples.

ILSA seeks to respond to this history, with the theme of "Sovereign Histories, Gathering Bones, Embodying Land," thereby drawing on Leanne Simpson's notion of "placing bodies back on the land." Responding to this notion invites us to consider Simpson's contention that "resurgence happens within Indigenous bodies and through the connections we make to each other and our land." Further connected to this is Eric Gansworth's idea of "sovereign bones": "Even as flesh fails, we understand that the parts of us we leave behind are the support structures. Those elements of our beings, stolen for so many generations, like voices, ideas, cosmologies, come back to us, those sovereign bones." How might such sovereignties be remembered, embodied, or gathered through Indigenous literary writings, readings, and practices?

Land-based Sovereignties, Pedagogies, and the Literary Arts; Applied Literature and Community Healing; Kinship and Community Responsibility; Indigenous Ways of Knowing; Embodied Forms of Resurgence; Literary Methods and Indigenous Protocols; Oral Traditions and Material Cultures; Indigenous Performance Arts; Collaborative Creation and Multi-Media Cree, Saulteaux, Nakoda, Dakota, Lakota, Dene, or Métis Narrative Arts; Two-Spirit and Queer Indigenous Critical Ecologies; Land, Stories, and Narrative Arts as Praxis; Urban Indigenous Communities and the Literary Arts; Artistic Expressions of Sovereignty and Self-Determination

Updated: 2018-05-21
Open events: 
May 29,
10:30 - 12:00
- The People and the Text: A roundtable
Call-for-papers deadline: 
February 1, 2018
President's Reception: 
May 30, 2018
Program Chairs: 

Jesse Archibald-Barber, First Nations University of Canada

Local Arrangement Coordinators: 

Jesse Archibald-Barber, First Nations University of Canada