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"The Image and the Word"

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25) "Creative Ceremonies: Native Americans and the Power of Word and Image"
Panel Chair:Silvia Martínez Falquina, Universidad de Zaragoza
E-mail: smfalqui@unizar.es 


Native American literary activism—which in recent years has been "at the heart of a demand for further sovereignty" (Bowers 2017: 48)—has its roots in the ceremonial or transformative motivation of Native writing, inherited from the storytelling tradition. As it denounces the effects of (neo)colonial oppression, contemporary Native literature is also a reminder that "Native stories are power. They create people. They author tribes" (Howe 1999: 118).

This panel starts from the ceremonial understanding of Native literature and expands it to approach other creative acts like movies, visual arts, media or criticism. While examining recent developments in the representations of Native Americans, we are looking for dialogues between words and images, and between Native and non-Native authors and perspectives, with a particular view on changing the focus from the overarching theme of Native authenticity to different levels of engagement (of text and readership, image and audience, of indigenous and non-indigenous ways of reading/looking). Such an engagement might come, for example, from imagining dialogues between the Native concepts of resurgence (Leanne Simpson) or research as ceremony (Shawn Wilson), and the reading of our time as the Age of Empathy (Jeremy Rifkin), the concept of Transmodernity (Rosa María Rodríguez Magda), or the view of ethics as focused on "the power of being affected, rather than affecting" (Gibson).

The panel could consider among other topics:

  • The power of words and images for Native American (self)representations, and the intersections of the two;
  • Contemporary re-inscriptions of the “savage” in literature, film, the visual arts, or the media;
  • Representations of violence on Native Americans and other forms of trauma;
  • Native and non-Native critical approaches to creation.



Please submit all paper proposals directly to the Panel Chair using this form no later than October 15, 2018.

Panel Chairs will notify applicants of their acceptance/rejection no later than November 15, 2016.

For information on the Conference Venue see the Organizing Committee's website.

SAAS members, ASA members, and other scholars (not necessarily affiliated with any of these associations), are invited to submit proposals to the panel of their choice. Donwload this form, fill it out, and send it via email to the chair of your selected panel.

In order to present a paper, participants who are not SAAS, ASA, APEAA or HELAAS members will be required to pay a one year's membership fee (and enjoy the benefits for the following year) plus the conference fee.

Students have to become SAAS members (if they are not SAAS/ASA/APEEA/HELAAS members already) and pay 50 percent of the registration fee (60€ early bird/75€ late registration) if they wish to present a paper and/or attend the "Félix Martín" Doctoral Seminar.

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Further guideliness for participants can be found here.


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