American Indian Workshop

American Indian Workshop

The American Indian Workshop (AIW) was founded in 1980 and has become the most important European scholarly platform for researchers concerned with topics related to the Native Peoples of North America. The AIW also includes scholars from all over the world. [more...]

American Indian Workshop - Annual Conference

The AIW meets annually in a European city. Responsible for the organisation of the annual conference are the local organizers, who also choose the general topic of the meeting.

American Indian Workshop - Annual Conferences since 1980: Conference

38th American Indian Workshop

July 4 - 6, 2017

The Art of Resistance and Resurgence

Goldsmiths College, University of London, London/UK

Organizers: David Stirrup & Padraig Kirwan

Call for papers (Deadline for submissions: December 15th, 2016)


Proposals are invited for the thirty-eighth American Indian Workshop, to be held at Goldsmiths, University of London from July 4-6, 2017. Papers are welcome from all fields and on any topic, though priority will be given to those that speak to the conference’s key theme.

This year's conference will focus on the art of resistance and resurgence in the broadest terms. This includes manifestations of activism, political insurgency, conservation work, lan-guage and cultural revitalization, cultural resurgence and historical and anthropological analysis alongside more literal literary and visual representations and occasions of re-sistance. Resistance, similarly, may be interpreted broadly (to settler colonialism, extra-national imposition, and so on) or more specifically (to pipelines, cultural appropriation, and more).

A number of analyses focusing on the cultural and political concerns of Native American art-ists have been offered in recent times. Accordingly, many scholars working in the field of Native American Literary Studies have become interested in the connection between aes-thetics and activism. The theme of the thirty-eighth AIW has been chosen in recognition of this fact, and the increased amount of attention that is being paid to the intersection be-tween indigenous arts and contemporary tribal contexts. Papers will examine the complexity of the relationship between various artistic mediums and the day-to-day concerns of the Na-tive artist; the relationship between the arts and community; and the aesthetics of resistance and resurgence. We hope that speakers will examine those points of connection, continue the debate concerning the links between indigenous art and cultures, and suggest that re-sistance and resurgence are discernible within a broad range of work by indigenous writers, directors, musicians and artists.

Topics to consider may include:

  • Art and activism
  • The art of Idle No More
  • Visual and literary responses to NoDAPL (No Dakota Access Pipelines)
  • Language revitalization
  • Cultural conservation programmes
  • Visual sovereignty
  • Digital arts
  • Mixed media responses to mineral extraction
  • Literature and the art of rhetorical sovereignty
  • Indigenous performance art
  • Honoring the treaties
  • Gameplay and tribal arts and languages
  • Exhibiting indigenous art
  • Anticolonial/Decolonial art practices
  • Cultural engagement work
  • Visual cultures of protest
  • Indigenising new media
  • Graphic novels

We may be in a position to exhibit a small number of artworks and therefore invite submissions from visual artists and filmmakers as well as writers and scholars.

Please send proposals of no more than 400 words + brief CV to Padraig Kirwan ( and David Stirrup ( by December 15th 2016. Speakers will be notified by January 15th 2017.


Dr Padraig Kirwan,
Senior Lecturer in the Literature of the Americas,
Department of English and Comparative Literature,
Goldsmiths, University of London
Telephone: 02079197438

39th American Indian Workshop

[2018, exact date to be announced]

[Title to be announced]

Department of History, Ghent University, Ghent [Gent, Gant]/Belgium

Organizer: Thomas Jacobs

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[All mandates were approved by Business Meeting of the 32nd AIW in Graz on April 1, 2011.]

    AIW Organizing Committee:

Renate Bartl / Markus Lindner / Thomas Jacobs / Sylvia Wackernagel / Padraig Kirwan / David Stirrup / Marianne Kongerslev

General Management:
Renate Bartl

Sylvia Wackernagel


Anne Grob


Renate Bartl


Thomas Jacobs

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