The National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) is pleased to announce the Call for Papers and invites presenters to submit abstracts for the 2018 research conference titled (En)gendering Colonisation in the Pacific: Indigenous Masculinities, Identities and Genders | 1-2 November 2018 | Queensland, Australia
Over the past decade Indigenous scholars have turned their attention to researching the impact of colonisation on the contemporary formation of Indigenous Masculinities in New Zealand, Canada, the USA and Hawaii. NIRAKN presents the first Indigenous convened conference on Indigenous masculinities, identities and genders in Australia in order to introduce and engage the work of these International Indigenous scholars. Broadly, a number of researchers are examining how racialized and gendered colonial policies disrupted traditional roles and alienated men from families and communities through a variety of regulatory and disciplinary means; whilst others are focusing on how patriarchal heteronormativity produced and imposed stereotypical notions of Indigenous masculinity that transformed gender relations within Indigenous families and communities and excluded other genders. The conference convenes a range of scholars to discuss the formation of culturally specific forms of Indigenous masculinity, gay, lesbian, trans, queer and two spirit identities that have been dislocated and suppressed through the process of colonisation. Drawing on Indigenous knowledges to ground our theorising and practice on our lands, connected by interpersonal reciprocity and relations with non-human kin, the conference seeks to highlight the generative potential of complex Indigenous culturally specific formations of genders. We invite papers from cultural studies, postcolonial studies, history, gender studies, queer studies, native studies, Indigenous studies and activist interventions. Individual papers Abstracts for individual papers are due September 3rd 2018 Abstracts: 250 word limit – time limit 20 minutes per presenter. Round table Proposals for roundtables are due September 3rd 2018 Proposal: topic of discussion in 250 words.
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