Two NAS Grad Students have been chosen to serve on the 2020 Intiative Task Force. Nicole
Moore (MA student in NAS; PhD student in Education) and Cutcha Risling Baldy (PhD student in NAS) will each serve on one of the 2020 Initiative Committees. Read more about the initiative below.
The 2020 Initiative: A Path to Academic Excellence and Economic Opportunity Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi has initiated a campus conversation about how to sustain and enhance excellence at UC Davis, building on existing strengths and resources to become a more active partner with the state in supporting higher education. The campus is now considering the prospect of a new future that will include expanding educational opportunities to an increased number of California, national and international students.
“The goal is to continue creating a university that can sustain its rising trajectory through its own best efforts, leveraging support from the state but rising above the fiscal limitations we now face,” Katehi said on Sept. 21, 2011, when she announced the 2020 Initiative during her annual fall convocation address. MORE
NAS Graduate Student Christine Willie has received a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) from the Social Science Research Council for her project Unheard Memories and Contested Spaces: Diné Historiography and the Spanish Arrival [ project summary ]
With this fellowship students will acquire tools and skills for designing dissertation projects that are methodologically sophisticated, ethically engaged, and politically attuned to Indigenous challenges to colonial legacies and enduring inequalities.
READ MORE about Christine here.
DPDF Student Fellowship Competition > DPDF Competition 2011 This DPDF research field on Global Indigenous Politics invites work that contributes to the examination of challenges faced by Indigenous Peoples through critical consideration of relationships between Indigenous Peoples and conventional models of politics and scholarship. Several ideas unite this field. First, indigeneity is not associated with primitive, romantic, or pre-modern rural worlds; Indigenous Peoples are as modern (or post-modern) as anyone else. Second, Indigenous politics is and has always been multi-scalar, articulating the local and global. Third, Indigenous Peoples are not passive objects of research, but active agents in the making, understanding, and decolonizing of the world. Finally, the stakes of Indigenous politics are high, involving issues like resources and territory, gender and racial politics, and state and Native regimes of law, rights, and sovereignty.
These themes raise questions about the epistemologies and practices of both Indigenous politics and academic work. How do Native forms of knowledge production provide alternative strategies for narrating histories, organizing struggle, and theorizing politics? How do Indigenous Peoples organize and represent themselves in debates over citizenship, resources, and participation? How have national and international regimes of recognition affected struggles for equality, inclusion, and self-determination? How do tensions within Indigenous movements shape these dynamics? Why have these struggles yielded a variety of outcomes?
TWO UCD NAS Grad Students are on their way to Washington DC for the Breath of Life Archival Institute.
UCD NAS Grad Students Lori Laiwa and Melissa Leal will attend National Breath of Life Symposium in Washington DC June 12-26. There are only 40 seats available nationwide!!
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From the Website:
Breath of Life Archival Institute The Endangered Language Fund is pleased to announce the Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages, Washington, DC, June 13-24, 2011 The goal of the Breath of Life Institute is to help Native Americans involved in language revitalization find and make use of materials on their languages that are in the National Anthropological Archives and Library of Congress1. Under the leadership of Lisa Conathan and Leanne Hinton, this two week workshop will allow teams of participants (Native American heritage language learners, teachers and activists) paired with mentors (experts in linguistics who help guide the participants' work) to explore the language resources in archives in the District of Columbia area. Visits to the archives will be supplemented by lectures and workshops on linguistics, language teaching and learning, and related topics.
The Institute is funded by the National Science Foundation's Documenting Endangered Languages program. It will be co-hosted by the Smithsonian Institution's National Anthropological Archives (NAA), National Museum of Natural History (MNH) and National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress (AFC).
The Breath of Life Archival Institute is funded by the Documenting Endangered Languages program of the National Science Foundation .
Welcome to the Davis Native American Studies Graduate Student Blog. This blog was started as a place to update on all of the amazing work that is being done by the Graduate Students in the UC Davis Native American Studies Department. The Graduate Program in Native American Studies was approved in 1998, making UC Davis only the second university in the nation to offer a Ph.D. in Native American Studies. In Fall 1999, the Department welcomed its first group of students enrolled in the M.A. and Ph.D. Programs in Native American Studies.
This blog is an independent site run by the NAS Grad Students at UCD. The views expressed on this website are not the views of UC Davis Native American Studies nor the University of California Davis and/or its affiliates.