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CFP: Spaces of Collaboration in Indigenous Literatures of Turtle Island


Spaces of Collaboration in Indigenous Literatures of Turtle Island

In response to Congress 2019’s theme, “Circles of Conversation,” which proposes to “open up
spaces for dialogue, debate and dissent,” this panel seeks to question the possibilities offered by
collaboration as a mode of literary engagement in the field of Indigenous literatures, for both
writers and researchers. Collaborative writing plays an important role in the production of
anticolonial discourses in circulation today: it transforms existing literary and critical spaces and
establishes sovereign literary spaces. Yet collaborations are also places of tensions and yield
conflicting projects. Thus, we are asking what, in fact, is understood by “Circles of
Conversation,” and wish to consider its limitations.
This panel aims to explore the role of collective works like creative anthologies such as Without
Reservation: Indigenous Erotica (2003), Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time: An Indigenous
LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology (2016); Amun (2016) and Tracer un chemin: Meshkanatsheu: écrits des
Premiers Peuples (2017); critical anthologies such as A Gathering of Spirit: A Collection by
North American Indian Women (1983), Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective
(2008) and Learn, Teach, Challenge: Approaching Indigenous Literatures (2016); as well as
epistolary exchanges such as Aimititau! Parlons-nous! (2008) and Kuei! Je te salue:
Conversations sur le racisme (2016). We will also consider collaboration more broadly, referring
to the relationships that make talks, publications and events possible. Works by a single author
can be collaborative, such as Roseanna Deerchild’s Calling Down the Sky, which is the result of
a mother-daughter collaboration. In thinking about the multifaceted collaborations that make
creative work possible, we are forced to consider the materiality of expression. What are the
roles played by family, community, authors’ and artists’ circles, publishing houses and event
programmers in literary and artistic productions? How do collaborative projects encourage one to
think with others as well as think about others? What are the ethical considerations for creative
and critical practices that must be undertaken in relation to communities?
In an attempt to break down barriers in Indigenous literary studies, this panel encourages
participants to consider Indigenous works in an Indigenous language, in French or in English.
We strongly encourage presenters to reflect on their own subject position in their papers. Several
possible topics include:

• the translation of Indigenous languages and/or between colonial languages (L. Moyes; I.
• shifts between genres, mediums (text and image) and cultural spaces;
• comparative analyses of the Francophone and Anglophone contexts in Canada;
• collaboration among disciplines (feminism, queer studies, afrofuturism, ecopolitics, etc.);
• collaborative genres: anthologies, epistolary exchanges, theatre, cinema and other
creations done alongside others;
• the history of Indigenous literary studies and research methodologies (D. Reder; S.
• historical perspectives on collaboration and “as-told-to” narratives (S. McCall);
• editorial tensions (for example in the work of M. Campbell, M. Aodla Freeman, L.
• collaborative research, literary and activist events, encounters between Indigenous
communities and the academy;

• research protocols and collaborative research in literary studies: “co-building” and “two-
eyed seeing” (First Nations in Quebec and Labrador’s Research Protocol, 2014).

Organizers :
Élise Couture-Grondin
University of Toronto
[email protected]

Isabella Huberman
University of Toronto
[email protected]

The deadline to submit an abstract (250-300 words) is January 5th, 2019.
Papers can be presented in French, in English or in both languages. Those who submit an
abstract will receive a notification from the panel organizers regarding their decision before
January 20th, 2019. If you wish to present at this panel, you must have registered as a member of
either ILSA or APFUCC. Participants must also pay the SSHRC Congress registration fee.
Please note that APFCUC offers reduced rates on the membership and conference fees until
March 31st, 2019. In order to appear in the program of APFUCC, participants must pay all fees
by April 15th, 2019.
You can only submit one paper proposal for Congress 2019. All papers must be presented in
person, even in the case of collaborations.