full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Sharon Holm
contact email: 

Call for Papers:


School of English and Humanities and the School of Law
Birkbeck, University of London, U.K.
May 22, 2009

This interdisciplinary one-day conference will explore expressions of
Indigenous cultural identity/identities and political activism in
literature, law and debates about sovereignty or self-determination. The
conference is particularly concerned with articulations of the
relationship between Indigenous subjectivity and political agency in
literature, and the law; as well as the ways in which past and present
Indigenous literature presents theoretical and conceptual challenges to
contemporary literary, legal, and political thought and opportunities for
cross-disciplinary dialogue. We are also interested in all aspects of
Indigenous sovereignty which includes representational, cultural,
intellectual, and rhetorical sovereignties, as well as issues of
religious/spiritual practice.

We invite papers which explore Indigenous writings, both “fiction”
and “non-fiction”, by Native American, First Nations, Indigenous
Australian, and Maori authors and/or narratives which explore the
historical, political, and legal aspects of (post)colonial peoples in
settler-state nations.

We also invite papers which examine the legal constructions of
indigeneity as a part of a colonial hegemony; the modes by which such
narratives may be deconstructed; and Indigenous voices and/or bodies
within the legal narrative.

We would particularly welcome contributions from Indigenous

Approaches may include the following:

- Indigeneity in Indigenous and non-Indigenous literature
- Indigeneity in the law
- Indigenous storytelling/ Indigenous histories
- Indigenous sovereignty/ies and political autonomy
- Indigeneity and land
- (Post)colonial Indigenous identity/ies
- Indigenism as resistance/activism
- Indigenous studies and the academy
- “Theorising” Indigenous cultural productionâ€"“Indigenising” theory

Papers should be 20 minutes long. Please e-mail a 300-word abstract and
short biographical note to both Dr. Sharon Holm
( and Kathleen Birrell (
by December 15, 2008.

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