Excerpt: Refusal was a stance but also a theory of the political that was being pronounced over and over again. It emerged in my own writing through observation of Kahnawà:ke action, but also through their words. I would hear “enough is enough,” “it’s not us, it’s them,” “the white man put that there, not us”—on the international border. The people of Kahnawà:ke used every opportunity to remind non-Native people that this is not their land, that there are other political orders and possibilities. This meant longer waits at borders, awkward (to say the least) interactions with cashiers, as well as difficult personal decisions. I also saw that these matters of moral and political habit were articulated quite perfectly to larger actions by the Iroquois Confederacy through time, to broader efforts to demand recognition of existing agreements, as well as refusals to play various games. Among these games is citizenship: voting, paying taxes—actions that would move Mohawks out of their own sovereignty into settler citizenship and into the promise of whiteness.3 All of this pointed analytically to the deeply unequal scene of articulation that people were thrown into and remaking through the quotidian and the grand. This deeply unequal scene of articulation that I am describing may be understood as the settler-colonial present.4 How, then, do those who are targeted for elimination, those who have had their land stolen from them, their bodies and their cultures worked on to be made into something else articulate their politics? How can one articulate political projects if one has been offered a half-life of civilization in exchange for land? These people have preexisting political traditions to draw from—so how do they, then, do things? They refuse to consent to the apparatuses of the state. And in time with that, I refused then, and still do now, to tell the internal story of their struggle. But I consent to telling the story of their constraint.

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Violence and Indigenous Communities: Confronting the Past, Engaging the  Present

Studies of violence against Native peoples have typically focused  narrowly on war and massacre. These narratives often cast Indians as  simple and passive victims, become trapped by stale debates about the
definition of genocide, and consign violence to the safety of the past.  While recognizing the reality of war and massacre, this symposium invites paper submissions that take new approaches to the study of  violence. We particularly encourage papers that rigorously examine the  nature of violence in past and present-day Native communities and explore the intersections of violence with a broad array of themes such as:

o Historical memories, legacies, and mythologies of violence
o Theft and destruction of homelands and environments
o Appropriation of fine arts and cultural heritage
o Gendered and sexual assaults on bodies, families, and communities
o Enslavement and captivity
o Violence within and among Native communities

We urge our participants to address the resilience and agency of Native  peoples in the face of such violence. Our hope is to secure examples and  cases that help illustrate the complex nature of violent interactions  both within Indigenous communities as well as with mainstream society.

We hope that this seminar will provide a public, academic forum for new  interpretations of past and present events, from a Native perspective, and we plan to publish selected papers in a volume that will be geared toward classroom teaching. We hope to create an online repository of syllabi for faculty who teach courses in American Indian Studies, U.S. History, World History, and Genocide Studies so that all can draw from these examples when developing or revising similar courses examining violence and Indigenous communities.

Paper abstracts of 200-300 words and a one-page c.v. should be submitted  by September 1, 2016 to the D’Arcy McNickle Center, Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois. Abstracts will be reviewed and all participants notified by October 1. Accepted papers of 7,000-10,000 words should be submitted on or before April 1, 2017 and will be distributed in advance to seminar participants. They will be presented at a scholarly colloquium on May 12-13, 2017. Limited travel stipends will be available. Following public presentation, papers will be revised and submitted for publication review on July 1, 2017.

Symposium Coordinating Committee:
Susan Sleeper-Smith, History Department, Michigan State University
Patricia Marroquin Norby, Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center
Jeffrey Ostler, History Department, University of Oregon
Joshua Reid, History and American Indian Studies Departments, University
of Washington

Please submit abstracts by September 1, 2016 to: Madeleine Krass

Sponsored by the department of history, Michigan State University, East
Lansing, Michigan

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