International Symposium on Indigenous Media and Literature Co-Lead by HRC

July 26, 2022

Dr. Cristina Stancu and Dr. Oliver Scheiding stand in front of a sign for the Obama Institute for Transnational American StudiesDirector of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Humanities Research Center, Associate Professor of English Cristina Stanciu, Ph.D., led an international symposium in Germany earlier this month to reflect on the past, present and future directions in Native American and Indigenous Studies, focusing on print publications.

Dr. Stanciu co-organized the “Indigenous Print Cultures, Media, and Literatures” symposium, held July 5-9, at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. Stanciu collaborated with counterparts at the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University.

Indigenous scholars representing a variety of Native American nations (Seneca, Anashinaabe, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Dakota, Kanaka Maoli, Métis and Nez Perce) participated in discussions exploring intersections of the fields of Indigenous print cultures, media and literatures. Keynote addresses and presentations by leading scholars and writers in the field centered on topics ranging from 20th century Hawaiian language newspapers; publications of the Indian boarding schools in the U.S. and Canada; Dakhóta language newspapers; contemporary tribal newspapers and newsletters in the U.S. and New Zealand; and Indigenous mediascapes. Presentations also addressed the role of Indigenous languages in the production of Native texts and periodical publications, Indigenous intellectual traditions, archival newspapers and settler colonialism, as well as contemporary global Indigenous print and digital projects.

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