CFP: Empire's War on Extremism (1/23/06; journal issue)

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Clark, D. Anthony Tyeeme
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 SPECIAL ISSUE of the Journal of Indigenous Nations Studies

"Empire's War on Extremism: Indigenous Peoples Write Back"
 Guest Editors: Larry W. Emerson and D. Anthony Tyeeme Clark

Ongoing attacks by academics, journalists, and politicians on the
political sovereignty and cultural autonomy of Indigenous Peoples
highlight a disturbing anti-Indigenous racist trend disguised as public
debate. Through what amounts to unchecked media access, writers around
the globe use their privileged positions to promote western bias and
dogma, deepen colonial trauma, and undermine futures of Indigenous
Peoples. For instance, assertions by University of Auckland lecturer
Elizabeth Rata that Kaupapa Maori "is a strategy of intellectual
legitimatisation that promotes ethnic primordialism and culturalism
determinism" and "weaken[s] the conditions essential for democracy" have
currency in the climate created by the Bush administration's "war on
extremism." Rata's rhetoric bears a resemblance to global right wing
conservative messages that promote the notion that when "traditional
fundamentalists" succeed in intervening into western power structures
they contaminate and weaken western democracy.

The empire's war on extremism has engaged Marxists, African American and
Latina/o critical theorists, feminists, and gay, lesbian, and queer
writers. More recently, it has turned its predictable gaze on Indigenous
Peoples who not only support other oppressed groups but who also are
concerned with self-governance, cultural autonomy, ecologically-based
kinship systems, and decolonization.

Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination embraces a non-western
history, language, and worldview that express unique legal and spiritual
ties to land, place, and community. These elements shape Indigenous
political aspirations and method and often contradict modern and western
ideology. Critical differences in Indigenous worldview emerge. The
empire, therefore, approaches its global war on Indigenous Peoples in
unique ways.

The Journal of Indigenous Nations Studies welcomes submissions that
engage the empire's distinctive assaults on Indigenous peoples. We
invite researchers and practitioners to share their findings and
experiences to help shape a future INDIGENOUS research agenda that
evolves critical theory and perspective. We welcome commentary, review
essays, and research-based manuscripts.

Manuscripts may take issue with academics, politicians, journalists, and
others who use their privileged access to educational resources,
policy-making apparatuses, and mass media to undermine efforts to
indigenize or decolonize scholarship, law, and culture. Manuscripts may
also critique Natives who participate as empire's co-conspirators.
Anti-Indigenism's long history veils issues of class, gender, economic
privilege, power, and colonialism, blinding both settler and Native
alike. Contemporary tribal government and organizational models, for
example, risk reproducing unhealthy, dysfunctional, and colonialized
relationships that may eventually destroy generations, cause various
forms of exile, and create unhealthy division. We seek thinking that
counters Rata-like debates that affect our hearts, minds, and communities.

Interested authors should send proposals to both guest editors, Larry W.
Emerson ( and D. Anthony Tyeeme Clark
(, "Empire's War on Extremism" in the email subject
line. Proposal closing date is January 23, 2006.

If your proposal is accepted, the final essay deadline will be September
18, 2006.

The Journal of Indigenous Nations Studies is published biannually by the
Center for Indigenous Nations Studies and the University of Kansas.

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