Against ideas that Native people are “out of place” and “out of time” in the modern world, Indigenous peoples of all the continents, from the Arctic to Patagonia and Cascadia to Tanzania, have developed a rich set of strategies, practices and narratives of resistance, governance, and sovereignty. This Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities invites students to explore rich histories of Native struggles, contemporary (trans)national Indigenous social movements, and repertoires of decolonizing artistic, cultural, and intellectual production. Students will also explore the long-standing double-bind that Indigenous peoples face: their practices are seen as out-of-place (or dangerous) by the rules of settler-societies and “inauthentic” when they employ the logics and languages of dominant markets and states. As Native peoples have contributed to contemporary political, literary, cinematic, economic, scientific, and ecological debates, students from across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are invited to apply. We welcome student projects that explore topics that include (but are not limited to) Indigenous social movements, encounters between European and Native epistemologies (in debates over archaeology, genetics, nature, and religion), contrasting colonial and Native temporalities, and Native artistic production (including literature and the visual, plastic, and performing arts).

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