113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Indigenous Literatures and Cultures I

Session Chair: 
Michelle Raheja, University California, Riverside
Session 2: Friday 10:40am-12:10pm
Cabinet Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Manuel del Alto, University of California Irvine
    In this paper I take a new approach to the study of a canonical Spanish-language text, written in 1609, to argue that it should be considered for how it uses the indigenous language of the Andes, Quechua, to embed an alternative mode of conveying cultural history, dependent on sound, oral history, and audience, thereby breaking from strictly Western conceptions of history making. 
  2. Kali Simmons, University of Oregon
    The zombie has recently recaptured the attention of US culture. This paper will examine how anxieties surrounding the event of the zombie siege parallel settler-colonial anxieties regarding space and subjectivity. Through this lens, the figure of the zombie can be mobilized for indigenous critiques of US colonization and sovereignty.
  3. Theresa Warburton, Western Washington University
    This paper uses Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s methodology of “similar place” to explore how we might reimagine the teaching and study of multiethnic literature in a way that reckons with the interrelatedness of settler colonialism and anti-black racism in the contemporary US. By looking at memoirs by Black and Native women, I explore how authors rearticulate the relationship between spatial and personal histories in order to confront intersecting structures of colonial violence.
  4. Joshua Whitehead, The University of Winnipeg
    I argue that queer Indigenous poetics are especially needed now in the rise of movements like Idle No More #MMIWG2S where media representations not only make invisible and indisputable the lives/deaths of Indigenous peoples but also simultaneously erase the lived experiences of two-spirit individuals through the act of remembrance.  
Session Cancelled: