In January 2009, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded four university presses a collaborative grant that established an innovative partnership. The grant supports the publication of 40 books over four years and will create the means for the presses to collaborate in their mission of furthering scholarly communication in the field of Indigenous studies. Our publishing initiative seeks the best and most robust scholarship by junior authors whose publications will contribute to the development of the field.
The initiative aims to demonstrate the ways Indigenous traditional and lived experiences contribute to and reframe discourses on the history, culture, identity and rights of Indigenous peoples worldwide. Indigenous studies encompasses scholarship on more than 370 million people from more than seventy countries. The field reflects and reinforces a dynamic international movement that is playing a vital role in nations across the globe. World-wide, the field of Indigenous studies is being defined by focusing on core concepts, including indigeneity, sovereignty, and traditional knowledge.
Outstanding scholarship lies at the core of our collaboration. Our collaborating presses support the field of Indigenous studies through four core objectives:
- Engagement: We have come together to achieve the common goal of supporting the expanding field of Indigenous studies. From conference participation through manuscript development, the First Peoples publishing initiative seeks to engage fully in the production of scholarly knowledge.
- Counsel: The initiative supports intellectual continuity between established scholars and emerging ones by building upon the existing scholarly community and using it to foster new opportunities for counsel and mentorship. The First Peoples publishing initiative offers small grants for junior scholars selected to participate. These grants may be used to support additional research, manuscript development, and to fund consultation with publishing professionals and senior scholars in the field.
- Community: Books by senior scholars and junior scholars will benefit from a wide-reaching and dynamic marketing campaign. We seek new ways to bring scholarship in the field of Indigenous studies to a wide audience, making connections between publishers, scholars, and communities.
- Dialogue: Our publishing initiative will support the expansion of the field of Indigenous studies with unprecedented attention and resources to develop the growing dialogue between Native and non-Native scholars, community members, and publishers.
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May 29th - June 1st, 2013
The conference theme, "Towards a New Social Contract?," will explore inequality in Latin America. In the first decade of the 21st century, income inequality has gone down in a substantial number of Latin American countries. This is the first time that inequality has declined on such a broad scale since we have had reasonably reliable data on income distribution. Beginning in the 1990s educational reforms have expanded the percentage of the population with secondary and tertiary education. The governments of the left that came to power after 2000 implemented a number of other reforms to improve life chances for the underprivileged, such as increases in the minimum wage, social assistance programs, and health care coverage. Are these trends likely to continue, or are they conjunctural and easily subject to reversal once economic growth rates decline? Learn More
June 13th - June 15th, 2013
The NAISA Council invites scholars working in Native American and
Indigenous Studies to submit proposals for: Individual papers, panel sessions, roundtables, or film screenings. All persons working in Native American and Indigenous Studies are invited and encouraged to apply. Proposals are welcome from faculty and students in colleges, universities, and tribal colleges; from community-based scholars and elders; and from professionals working in the field.Learn More
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