Call for Papers (due April 5, 2020)
from Cara Krmpotich, Margaret Bruchac, Heidi Bohaker, and Alan Corbiere
Research as Alliance: Recovering Great Lakes Heritage in the Dish With One Spoon Territory
Book Editors: Margaret Bruchac, Cara Krmpotich
Academic Journal Editors: Heidi Bohaker, Alan Corbiere
The Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Cultures (GRASAC) has long been focused on the challenge of developing innovative research with and for (rather than merely about) Indigenous communities. As a research alliance of university-based, museum-based, and community-based scholars, we navigate important questions of intellectual property, sovereignty, ethical engagement, and reconciliation.
We are currently developing, and requesting contributions to, two new publications: a peer-reviewed edited book focused on collaborative methodologies and research as alliance; and a special academic journal issue focused on members’ research findings. In both, we hope to demonstrate how Indigenous/non-Indigenous alliances can fundamentally shift how we create, govern, share and create knowledge in museums, in universities, and in communities.
The Great Lakes region presents a complex arena for studying alliances, sovereignty, heritage, and knowledge. It has long been a multi-national sphere with distinct cultural and political systems among Indigenous nations (Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat) and between Indigenous and settler nations (France, Britain, Canada, United States). GRASAC's work, which began with surveys of displaced cultural heritage objects in North American and European museums, has always been imagined as recuperative or restorative, rooted in a desire to restore relations between Indigenous knowledges, people, and heritage items. “Reunification” was the earlier term; the terms “recuperative” and “restorative” reflect more recent Indigenous and allied scholarship. In many of our articles and books published in the 1990s and 2000s, we aimed to both study and reunite Indigenous heritage items dispersed globally in museums and archives. Much of that work was focused on correcting errors in historical records, art historical representations, museological categories, and anthropological interpretations.
What we seek now is to collect and share articles that talk and teach about strategies and methods. How can we encourage researchers to more broadly Indigenize and decolonize disciplines and knowledge? How can we center heritage relations, digital sovereignty, economic equity, and environmental sustainability within our research programs? How can we extend these values, which originate in our research with Indigenous communities, to science, social science, and humanities research programs broadly? We hope to address more than merely an Indigenous-settler binary; we hope to model ways to contend with the sovereignties and localized knowledges of multiple Indigenous nations situated around the Great Lakes, and the sometimes idiosyncratic and incommensurable knowledge practices within museums, universities, and communities. We are particularly interested in sharing insights into interdisciplinary and collaborative research methodologies that can put Indigenous and non-Indigenous histories and intellectual traditions into conversation, by weaving together historical research (for example, on treaties, alliances and political expression), heritage research (on displaced objects far from home), and emerging research from museum studies, information, education, and digital humanities.
All proposals are welcomed, especially those that highlight collaborative scholarship with Indigenous youth, artists, and communities. Suggested length for articles, essays, or case studies is 6000 to 9000 words including references and endnotes. Shorter submissions in written form – such as poetry, narrative, art exhibition review, etc. – will also be considered.
Directions for Potential Contributors:
For the edited book on collaborative methodologies, send your proposed article title and abstract (maximum 300 words) to editors Margaret Bruchac at email@example.com and Cara Krmpotich at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 5, 2020.
For the academic journal highlighting GRASAC members' research findings, send your proposed article title and abstract (maximum 300 words) to editors Heidi Bohaker at email@example.com and Alan Corbiere at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 5, 2020.
If you are not certain which publication is the best fit for your work, please feel free to submit your proposal to both sets of editors. Notification of acceptance will be conveyed by April 25, 2020.
Invited contributors will be encouraged to attend an expenses-paid writers’ retreat hosted by GRASAC in collaboration with Indigenous community members in Nbissing (Nipissing) Territory, Ontario between June 14-16, 2020.