Indigenous Representations in Television, 2008-2018

deadline for submissions: 
April 23, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Multicontributor Book

Indigenous Representations in Television, 2008-2018 

I am currently looking for several contributors to submit book chapters for a scholarly book that will discuss the representations of Indigenous peoples in television. This project will examine Indigenous peoples across the globe, including but not limited to: American Indians, First Nations, Aboriginal, Maori, and Indigenous Peoples of Mexico and South America. We are specifically interested in television shows that are current or aired between 2008-2018 to make this project as contemporary as possible. 

Contributors are encouraged to focus on representations of Indigenous identity in any way they feel makes an engaging discussion of television shows and their representations of Indigenous peoples. I encourage abstracts from scholars at any level, including undergraduate and graduate students.  I have included some suggested topics below, but you are more than welcome to expand this list as you see fit.

Suggested topics include examining identity through:

  • Gender issues (representations of childhood, masculinity, femininity, trans-identity, etc.) 
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Culture 
  • Casting (who is being cast in each series and how is this problematic/accepted) 
  • Popular Culture (fandom, twitter wars, etc.) 
  • Identity politics
  • Adaptation (does the show stem from a book, etc.) 
  • Trauma
  • Postcolonial influences on television and its characters 
  • Religion 
  • On/Off reservation identities 
  • Self-concepts of identity 
  • Stereotyping and cliches in television 

Suggested television shows include, but are not limited to:

  • Hell on Wheels
  • The Red Road
  • Frontier 
  • Godless
  • Top of the Lake 
  • Blackstone
  • The Medicine Line
  • Cleverman
  • Redfern Now
  • Mohawk Girls
  • The Gods of Wheat Street

As stated above, please feel free to submit abstracts that delve into different television shows, concepts of identity, etc. You may email me at any time if you have questions or would like to discuss your ideas before submitting your abstract. 


Please submit a 500-word abstract that describes your proposed chapter. Please make sure to include which television show(s) you will be discussing, along with major themes. All abstracts can be submitted via email. You may submit more than one abstract if you have multiple ideas. 

Abstracts are due April 23, 2018.

All contributors selected to work on this project will be notified by May 1st, 2018 (or sooner) and asked to complete their chapter by November 1, 2018.

Full chapters are expected to be 6,000-8,000 words including all endnotes. Please use MLA format for your chapters. We will discuss this further once selections are made.


I have reached out to a publisher that this book project would work well with and they are very interested in the project.

All contributors will be required to submit the following after selections are made:  

(1) A signed release for their work granting the editor (myself) ownership of the essay. These releases are signed over to the editor, myself, who then works directly with the press. Please note that contributors will not be given monetary compensation for their essays. If the entire project is accepted for print, you will however receive a copy of the finished, published book. Contributors retain re-print rights. If the book goes out of print, the rights will revert to the editor, who will then return the rights to you. 

(2) At a later date, contributors will be expected to write a short blurb about themselves for the collection. 

(3) Contributors may be required to collect permissions for image(s) they wish to use in the text. This can be discussed further once essay selections are made. 

(4) At a later date, contributors will be expected to complete edits to their chapters. The first round of edits will be returned in January for edits suggested by myself. Later in the process, blind reviews will be conducted and authors may again be asked to work on edits. 

If you have any questions about this process--please do let me know! 


Please send all email inquiries and abstract proposals to: Michelle Nicole Boyer-Kelly,