Digital Indigeneities

Digital Indigeneities: (Re)mediations, Old and New

Fall Symposium, September 13-14, 2013

The West Was Lost

© The West Was Lost, 2008
Written by Elizabeth LaPensée, Art by Frank Grau Jr.


The American Indian Studies INTERSECT Project "Global Indigenous Studies: The State of Play" hosts "Digital Indigeneities: (Re)Mediations, Old and New" to introduce undergraduate and graduate students and the broader campus community to the stakes of critical Indigenous studies at the intersection of digital humanities and new media studies.

Activating indigeneity within larger conversations about the place old and new media, technology, and video games have within the contemporary world is essential to ensure that true innovation transcends the logics encoded within the assumptions of gaming, augmented reality, and digital space.

Fostering digital studies within global Indigenous studies helps prepare the next generation of students for this century's research and pedagogical opportunities and challenges, and our symposium brings together Indigenous scholars, designers, and filmmakers from Aotearoa/New Zealand, Canada, and the United States to think through the implications of interdisciplinary approaches to media studies sited through gender, race, and settler colonialism.

Friday, September 13

12:00-1:30 Sharon Holland, "Blood Strangers: A New Critical Race Theory"

2:30-4:00 Coffee with Holland, Q&A

5:00 Reception for faculty, participants, and students

7:00-9:00 (Armory 101) "The Lesser Blessed" screening followed by Q&A with Richard Van Camp

Saturday, September 14

All Events on Sept 14 at Asian American Cultural Center

9:00-9:45 Coffee & Pastries

9:45-10:00 Welcome & Introductions

Siobhan Somerville, Associate Dean, Graduate College
Jodi Byrd, Acting Director, American Indian Studies

10:00-11:30 "Small Pieces in A Big, Big Universe:" Gendering Media Activism

Marisa Duarte (Chancellor's Postdoc, AIS), "The Phones They Carry: Idle No More, Social Media, and Native Women's Political Mobilization."

Dory Nason (First Nations Program/English, UBC) "Not Your Pocahontas: Activism, Indigenous Women and Violence in Tailfeathers' A Red Girl’s Reasoning and Bloodland."

Sharon Holland (English, Duke), "Beasts of the Southern Wild and the Story of Little Black Girls"

Chair and Comment: Anita Chan (Illinois)

11:45-1:00 Lunch on your own

1:15-2:45 Procedural Indians: Native Ludologies in Video Games. A Roundtable on Assassin's Creed III

Moderator: Nepia Mahuika

Jodi Byrd and Elizabeth LaPensée (Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University)

Comments: Scott Manning Stevens (Newberry) and Brendan Hokowhitu (Dean, Faculty of Native Studies, UAlberta)

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:30 "I'm an Indian Too" − A Critical Conversation with the 1491s

Sterlin Harjo

Migizi Pensoneau

Ryan Red Corn

Chair: LeAnne Howe

Paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee and co-sponsored by the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of English, the Institute of Communications Research, Department of Latina/Latino Studies, Native American House, the Department of Anthropology, and The Learning to See Systems initiative at the Center for People and Infrastructures.