Saturday, May 2, 2009

White-Indian Relations: Moving into the 21st Century: International Symposium

The international and interdisciplinary symposium entitled "White-Indian Relations: Moving into the 21st Century" will be held at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, in Lüneburg, Germany, from May 14-17, 2009. The WIR symposium will serve as a discourse with and not only about Native Americans and First Nations as well as look at native literature, culture, and contemporary history from an interdisciplinary angle.

Symposium participants from Canada, the United States, and Germany will address a plethora of 21st century topics, including the Canadian government’s recent apology, European Powwow enthusiasts, critical whiteness studies, and contemporary artistic expressions.

Special guests include Lee Maracle and Drew Hayden Taylor. The renowned Cree/ Salish novelist/feminst/activist Lee Maracle will participate in the debates with a paper on “Equity and First Nation's Women in the Midst of Multiple Global Crises” as well as read excerpts from her novels (I am Woman, Ravensong: A Novel, Sojourner’s Truth and Other Stories). The acclaimed Ojibway playwright Drew Hayden Taylor (The Berlin Blues, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth) will read from his work as well as talk about “white-Indian relations” from an insider’s point of view.

For more information and registration details, please see

Dr. Sabrina Völz
Leuphana University Lüneburg
Scharnhorststraße 1
Building 5 Room 135
D-21335 Lüneburg
Germany (Europe)

Tel.: 0049-(0)4131/677-2664
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