In late February, NCAIS sponsors a graduate conference for students to present papers in any academic field relating to their research. Submissions are encouraged across a wide variety of disciplines relating to American Indian and Indigenous histories and cultures.
Graduate students propose papers in December and send a title and one-page abstract of their paper to the McNickle Center director or program coordinator. Papers are grouped into 45 minutes sessions followed by commentary from the NCAIS faculty. All presenters register for the conference on January 1, although no registration fee is required.
NCAIS students are reimbursed up to $400 for travel expenses and can be reimbursed in advance for airfare when they submit a receipt. The NCAIS conference hotel is within walking distance of the Newberry and has reasonable rates. Students must attend the entire conference to receive reimbursement. All meals are included and served at the Newberry, where social activities provide a chance to interact with NCAIS faculty.
2019 NCAIS Graduate Student Presenters and Their Research Topics:
“Rhetoric of Removal: The Power of Language in Indian Dispossession as Articulated by Lewis Cass and Sir Francis Bond Head,” Aaron Luedtke, Michigan State University
“Competing Visions and Contested Spaces on the Great Plains: A Re-examination of the Great Peace of 1840,” Matthew R. Deepe, Oklahoma State University
“Killed by Telegraph: Imagined Encounters between American Indians and Chinese Immigrants in the 19th Century American West,” Karintha Lowe, Harvard University
“Women’s Work: Crafting Perseverance and Rhetorical Sovereignty in the Pacific with Queen Lili’uokalani and Penina Ava Taesali,” Bonnie Etherington, Northwestern University
“The Women’s Dance”: Native Sovereignty and the Female Body in the Red Power Era,” Amanda Johnson, Oklahoma State University
“Integrating Biomedical Practices into Indigenous Birth Ceremonies in Northern Manitoba and Ghanzi District in Botswana,” Ashley Hayward, University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg
“Fighting Firewater: The Cherokee Temperance Society and Antebellum Reform in Indian Country,” Chelsea Frazier, University of Oklahoma
“More than Mechanisms: Colonization’s Enduring Influence on Indian Boarding Schools,” Christine Thomas, Oklahoma State University
“Navigating Colonized /er Waters: The Wife’s Lament in an Indigenous Context,” Tarren Andrews, University of Colorado, Boulder
“American Kith and Indigenous Kin: The Davenport Family and Identity Formation on Nineteenth-Century Mackinac Island,” Michael Albani, Michigan State University
“The Ho-Chunk Landscape & The Economic Growth of a Nation,” Molli A. Pauliot, University of Wisconsin, Madison
“Teaching Us to Forget: American History Textbooks, the Plains Wars, and Public Memory,” Lindsay Marshall, University of Oklahoma
“Philosophy of Education and Indigenous Education: a Conversation Between Brazil and Canada,” Eduardo Vergolino, University of Manitoba