Saturday, May 30, 2009

New Geographies Of Indigenous-Academic Collaboration: Call for Papers


New Geographies of Indigenous-Academic Collaboration

Call for Papers

Special Issue of the Journal of Cultural Geography

Guest editors: Jay T Johnson (U. Kansas) and Soren Larsen (U. Missouri)

The emergence of Indigenous/More-than-White Geographies over the past twenty years was part of a broader effort to critique and re-envision the taken-for-granted concepts, practices, and voices in formal academic research, teaching, and outreach. Behind this intellectual and institutional development, however, are the real stories of academics--some Native, others not--who have worked collaboratively with Indigenous communities and in so doing have had their own (Western, academic, personal) geographical understandings questioned, challenged, and finally expanded and reformulated into “deeper” senses of place. So while the phrase “More-than-White” has been used recently to refer to the expansion of disciplinary focus beyond the traditional Anglo-centric view, it also could refer to the fact that as human beings our possibilities sometimes exceed social categories, and that this sort of transformation and transcendence may be central to successful and productive Indigenous-Academic collaborations. The purpose of this special issue is to invite professional geographers who have had these experiences to share their stories and understandings of place with the academic community as a way of reconstituting what “collaboration” with Indigenous peoples means in ethical, political, intellectual, and practical terms. In sharing these stories and gleaning their insights, the issue aims to contribute to the productive development of Indigenous/More-than-White Geographies in the twenty-first century.

The special issue is slated for publication in the Journal of Cultural Geography. The guest editors envision an issue in which contributors will have intellectual and stylistic freedom to explore and share their stories and discoveries—so in addition to conventional papers, we hope to receive essays, memoirs, landscape stories, and pieces written collaboratively with Indigenous peoples. The special editors will work with contributors to summarize and synthesize their insights in an editorial Introduction to the articles. Contributors will be invited to meet the guest editors and fellow participants to present preliminary versions of their papers in a special session of the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Washington, DC in April 2010.

Abstract/description due: 31 July 2009

First-draft due date: 1 March 2010

Special AAG session: April 2010

Final-draft submitted for review process: 1 June 2010

Anticipated publication date: February, 2012

Please send an abstract or description (250 words maximum) of your proposed contribution to the guest editors by 31 July 2009 for consideration in the special issue. Should you have any questions about the issue, do not hesitate to contact Jay T Johnson ( or Soren Larsen (

Jay T Johnson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Geography, Courtesy Assistant Professor of Global Indigenous Nations Studies
Chair, Indigenous Peoples' Knowledges and Rights Commission of the International Geographical Union
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Boulevard
402 Lindley Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045 USA
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