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AIS wins 2013 INTERSECT award -- Global Indigenous Studies: The State of Play

November 2, 2012

The Graduate College is pleased to announce a 2013 INTERSECT award:


Global Indigenous Studies: The State of Play

INTERSECT, INterdisciplinary arTs and humanitiEs ReSEarCh & Training, is a  Graduate College initiative, offering two-year awards that provide up to $125,000 per year to support graduate students in the arts and humanities. Through the development of innovative, collaborative and transdisciplinary environments, INTERSECT creates transformative learning experiences for graduate students, placing them at the forefront of interdisciplinary research.

AIS Core Faculty








Participating faculty/staff include -- Back row: Vicente M. Diaz (Pohnpeian), American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Asian American Studies (LAS); LeAnne Howe (Choctaw Nation), American Indian Studies, Creative Writing/ English, Theater (LAS & FAA); Robert Warrior (Osage Nation), American Indian Studies, English, History (LAS).  Front row: Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert (Hopi Nation), American Indian Studies, History (LAS); Christine Taitano DeLisle (Chamorro), American Indian Studies, Gender and  Women's Studies (LAS); Jodi A. Byrd (Chickasaw Nation), American Indian Studies, English (LAS)

This innovative and multidisciplinary initiative launches the institutional frameworks necessary for robust graduate training in Indigenous studies. Along with shared commitments to the development of Native and Indigenous studies, the six-faculty-member team brings together expertise in history, literary studies, religion and theology, gender and sexuality studies, political science, and the history of consciousness. The team also enables access to an extensive network of scholars in the Indigenous world.

Envisioning global Indigenous studies as a field at and in play, this program will consider how indigeneity troubles and transforms disciplinarity at the site of technological invention and embodied performance. It will prepare students to navigate the interdisciplinary, transnational, and cross-cultural demands of inclusive global Indigenous studies. In addition to providing students with the necessary critical, methodological, and technical skills to address the most pressing needs of Indigenous peoples, this group will innovate new approaches in the field to theorize how Indigenous peoples figure within the edu-tainment domains of museums, sports, performance, and digital games. At the same time, students and faculty will consider how traditional embodied knowledge manifests in such sites of play and performance.

Students will learn how to develop research projects responsive to the needs of Indigenous peoples and will gain experience in working within and across disciplines to activate global indigeneity as an analytic frame. 

More information about the groups and their activities will be available in the months to come on the Graduate College website.