Earthworks, Representation, and Research: Situating Indigenous Methodologies

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Presenter:  Professor Chadwick Allen, University of Washington

Date: Sep 28, 2015

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Contact person:  Melissa Royle
T: +61 8 8946 6773

Location:  ACIKE Precinct Building Blue 2.1.51, Casuarina Campus, CDU

Chadwick Allen is Associate Vice-Provost for Faculty Advancement at the University of Washington, and from 2013-2014 served as President of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA). He is in Australia as the key note speaker at 2015 NIRAKN & NATSIHEC International Indigenous Research Conference at QUT. Professor Allen received a Ph.D. in comparative cultural and literary studies from the University of Arizona, a master's degree in writing from Washington University and a bachelor's degree from Harvard University. He is the recipient of two Fulbright fellowships to Aotearoa New Zealand, where he studied Maori literature and culture at Auckland University.

In this seminar Allen will briefly overview his research on how Indigenous North American writers, artists, and communities represent ancient earthworks and engage earthworks principles in their contemporary productions-from poetry, fiction and essays to paintings, pottery, photography, video and art installations, and from embodied dramatic performances to full-scale built environments.

A focused discussion on how Indigenous methodologies, broadly conceived, affect this work and its analysis will commence after the seminar, covering topics:

  • How well do Indigenous methodologies complement the typical research practices of fields like archaeology, anthropology, history, and art history, the academic areas that have dominated the scholarly discussion of earthworks thus far?
  • How well do Indigenous methodologies complement the typical practices of Western literature and other arts, as well as their evaluation and critique?
  • How equipped are any of these orthodox academic fields to incorporate-or to value-the specific interests and specific contributions of Indigenous methodologies?

Bio: Associate Vice-Provost for Faculty Advancement and Professor of English at the University of Washington. In 2015, he was an Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at The Ohio State University.


Blood Narrative: Indigenous Identity in American Indian and Maori Literary and Activist Texts (2002)

Trans-Indigenous: Methodologies for Global Native Literary Studies (2012) Co-editor of The Society of American Indians and Its Legacies (2013)


Current editor of the journal SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures Serpentine Figures, Sinuous Relations: Thematic Geometry in Allison Hedge Coke's "Blood Run." American Literature 82.4 (December 2010): 807-34 Re-scripting Indigenous America: Earthworks in Native Art, Literature, Community Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Indigenous Studies: Native North America in (Trans)Motion Ed. Birgit Daewes, Karsten Fitz, and Sabine N. Meyer. New York and London: Routledge, 2015. 127-47

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Light refreshments will be provided