“Constructing and Controlling Indigenous Identity Through Place: ‘Location, Location, Location’”

deadline for submissions: 
July 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Bernadette V. Russo/Texas Tech University


Scholarly Submissions

Indigenous identity is connected to place, perhaps rooted most strongly in the relationship between place and self rather than simply the location itself. In the chapter “A Better World Becoming: Placing Critical Indigenous Studies” appearing in Aileen Moreton’s essay collection Critical Indigenous Studies: Engagements in First World Locations, Daniel Heath Justice explains that, “Belonging is about being woven into the fabric of the land and its legacies, accepting the knowledge that your future is a shared future . . .” (26).

Though the terms “Indigenous” and “Indigenous identity” have varying denotations and connotations, for the purposes of this call-for-papers, indigeneity is conceptualized in alignment with the driving principles at the foundation of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. Founding members such as Robert Warrior, Jace Weaver, Craig Womack, and Jean O’Brien recognized the need for a truly Indigenous global community of native people groups who experienced settler colonialism and imperialism wherein Indigenous scholars and community members may thrive through shared rigor, scholarship, and expereince. Therefore, specifically for this journal edition, Indigenous peoples will include Native American, First Nations nations, any Indigenous tribe in Latin America and the Caribbean, Maori, Aboriginal tribes of Australia, and South Africa.  

Submissions may address any aspect of Indigenous identity, factors that construct or control it, or the relationship between Indigenous identity and place. Proposed submissions may draw upon or respond to contemporary critical Indigenous scholarship, literature either by Indigenous authors or having Indigenous representation, filmic representations of Indigeneity, or creative works that connect to the overall theme of Indigenous identity and place.

The following includes a list of possible points for consideration, but in no manner are intended to be the only options for possible submissions:

  • How is place used in literature to construct Indigenous identity? What role do issues of sovereignty play in these constructions?
  • What role does place play in the construction of Indigeneity?
  • How is the role of place expressed or constructed in Indigenous literature/film/graphic novels?
  • How do portrayals of the relationship between Indigenous identity and place in literature or criticism differ from Indigenous authors/critics versus non-indigenous authors/critics?
  • What parallels, if any, may be drawn between the dislocation of Indigenous people groups and the African diaspora with regard to the subsequent effects on culture and identity?
  • With regard to filmic representations of Indigeneity, how is place constructed?


Creative Submissions

Creative submissions are also welcomed.

  • Poems
  • Short Stories
  • Personal Essay
  • Memoir


We are a scholarly, peer reviewed, open-access journal, hosted by the Texas Tech Sowell Collection, Texas Tech University Libraries, and the Texas Tech University Press. All materials appearing in this journal issue will be copyright protected. Submissions should be sent to the AE website. Register as an author and submit at https://archivationexploration-ojs-ttu.tdl.org/archivationexploration/in...

Deadline for submissions is June1, 2018 at 11:59pm. Acceptance notifications will be sent on August 1, 2018.