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Summer Institute on Global Indigeneities

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Suquamish citizens canoe past downtown Seattle, named after siʔał (Chief Seattle), the legendary leader of the Suquamish Tribe (Suquamish Nation)

Institute: July 13-20, 2019

The 2019 Summer Institute on Global Indigeneities is a collaboration among scholars to articulate indigeneity—in the double sense of describing indigeneity as an intellectual project and connecting it to key theoretical and political concerns within and beyond the academy. Hosted on the traditional homelands and waters of the Duwamish, Suquamish, Muckleshoot, Tulalip, and other Coast Salish peoples, the institute gathers graduate students and faculty from across institutions, including the Universities of Washington (Seattle), British Columbia (Vancouver), California (Los Angeles), Utah (Salt Lake City), Minnesota (Twin-Cities), and Oregon. Working collaboratively, we generate a set of epistemological, methodological, and professional strategies for creative research projects in Indigenous studies that may not always be legible to conventional academic disciplines.

The institute was successfully launched at the Simpson Center in summer 2016 and modeled after the UW Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities. The week consists of discipline-specific workshops and professional-development workshops for graduate students, demystifying processes such as scholarly publications and grant proposals, as well as drawing on the critical mass of Native Studies scholars at the UW. In the middle of the week, we devote a day to learning with members of the Suquamish Tribe, building on collaborator Vicente Diaz (University of Minnesota)’s longstanding relationship with the tribe. The institute includes a public research symposium, in which all graduate fellows produce a ten-minute presentation on their dissertation projects, as well as collaboration with the Burke Museum on developing public forms of scholarship.

This year's symposium will take place from 9 am to 3 pm on Friday, July 19 in the Peterson Room of the Allen Library. This event is free and open to the public. You can read more about SIGI and AIIS at UW here.

Primary Contacts

José Antonio Lucero (Jackson School of International Studies)

Chadwick Allen (English)