Call for fellows: Native Women Language Keepers: Indigenous Performance Practices. 9/15, 1//28-2/1/2013

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Petra Kuppers, University of Michigan
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Call for Fellowship Applicants
Native Women Language Keepers: Indigenous Performance Practices. An Arts-Based Research Symposium with playwright Alanis King.

Directors: Margaret Noori and Petra Kuppers

January 28th to February 1st 2013, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Deadline for applications: September 10th 2012, notification: September 15th 2012.

Aanii! Join us in a week-long exploration of Native women's practices as language teachers, activists, and artists, focused on the workshopping of a play by celebrated Native playwright Alanis King, and in close connection with Miiskwaasinii'ing Nagamojig (The Swamp Singers), a Michigan-based performance group, who will work with King to create a praise song for Daphne Odjig's woodland paintings in the University of Michigan's archives.

This symposium will marry the strengths of the University of Michigan's Anishinaabemowin language program, a thriving community of language teachers and learners, with our annual series of arts-based research symposia, in which we investigate ways of knowing through creative means.

In this week, we want to ask questions about the place of performance and women's work in language survivance and revitalization, about decolonizing methodologies and performance, about honoring Native women artists, and about intercultural performance practices.

The core guest for the week-long symposium in January 2013 is Alanis King, an Odawa Playwright/Director originally from the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, the first Aboriginal woman to graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada.

We invite up to four fellows (graduate students, faculty, independent artists and activists) to come together with the organizing team for our week-long journey. Before the symposium, a small collection of material from all participants will be made available to prepare us for our time together. During the symposium, each fellow will have two hours to present their work and engage others in a seminar. We will be in residence at the Duderstadt Video Performance Studio on the University of Michigan's North Campus, home to multiple performance technologies with innovative tech wizards at the ready. All symposium events will be open to the public.

Each invitee will have transport and accommodation costs reimbursed up to $500 dollars. The conference hotel offers rooms for about sixty dollars a night, and we will assist people who want to be hosted by graduate students and locals.

Application Process: please email us a short CV, a sample of your work, and a brief statement about why you would like to participate. Direct all materials to the symposium directors, Margaret Noori,, and Petra Kuppers, If you need to send us physical material, please direct it here: Margaret Noori and Petra Kuppers, University of Michigan, 435 S. State Street, 3187 Angell Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003.

Deadline for applications: September 10th 2012, notification: September 15th 2012.
Migwetch, Gigawabamin Nagutch

We created a video at our fifth arts-based research symposium, in 2012, Disability/Culture, and we will be in the same studio in 2013, although our methods might be very different: