Sunday, July 06, 2008

open letter - call for submission

Hello, please post and forward:

Call for submissions

Contributions are sought for a book project that provides a Native
voice and/or an American Indian Studies approach to teaching key issues
surrounding producing, accessing, and using Native American film and
media imagery. The primary goal of this project is to: highlight Native
responses to representation in popular culture; spotlight a growing
Indigenous aesthetic and media community; create a model for critiquing
Indigenous representation from an Indigenous perspective that is readily
accessible to film courses in American Studies, Cultural Studies,
English, Film Studies, and American Indian/Indigenous Studies; and
provide access to Native media, particularly animation and films that
are difficult and expensive to acquire.

Topics might include the following:

● Native responses to how Hollywood and mainstream cinema impact
Indigenous lives and communities
● The impact of popular culture on Native and non-Native
● How Native communities use and access Native media
o as a new form for transmitting and expressing cultural
o as an art form
o as a vehicle for cross-cultural community building
● New forms of Native media
● How production and filmmaking infrastructure and aesthetic
choices open up our understanding of film meanings. This topic could
take a variety of forms from close reading Hollywood film to studies of
Indigenous storytelling style in film
● Pedagogical strategies for teaching Native film and media
o Integrating discourse from different fields (film studies,
Indigenous Studies, visual Anthropology, etc.) in talking about Native
o Using interviews with Native filmmakers to highlight their
voices and stories about how their films are made

Book editors will work with authors to cultivate a select group of
clips for inclusion on a DVD or within the text. The collection’s
editors are Eric Buffalohead, Augsburg College, Joanna Hearne,
University of Missouri-Columbia, and M. Elise Marubbio, Augsburg
College. The Minnesota Historical Society Press is currently working as
project publisher.

Contributors should submit a scholarly paper, 15-25 pages long,
including endnotes and bibliography. Abstracts of 150 words by
September 1 and completed paper by December 1, 2008. Send to:
Eric Buffalohead and Elise
2211 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454

M. Elise Marubbio
Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies
Director, Augsburg Native American Film Series
CB 115
Augsburg College
2211 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Kathleen Buddle-Crowe
Associate Professor
Anthropology Department
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 5V5
Tel. 204-474-6525
Fax 204-474-7600


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