Annual Perspectives on Contemporary Native Issues Symposium
Traditional Knowledge in Contemporary Contexts

Although traditional and indigenous practices are superficially separated from the contemporary and western sphere, a hybridization of these modes of knowledge have continuously existed for generations. As this world continues to breed increasingly diverse populations, it simultaneously gives rise to constant adaptive, collaborative ways of thinking far more effective than a separatist, isolationist mentality. This year’s symposium, Traditional Knowledge in Contemporary Contexts, seeks to recognize the vibrancy of complex, intersectional research that integrates native practices into the contemporary realm, raising consciousness of alternative modes of knowledge production and existence.

Keynote speakers: 

Dr. Leroy Little Bear, University of Lethbridge

Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy, San Diego State University


We invite submissions for presentations on issues surrounding traditional knowledge and contemporary practices. All disciplines are welcome, and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. Proposals may address any related topic including (but not limited to) art, science, technology, medicine, and literature. Proposals should be no more than 500 words, and are due by November 27, 2015.Please use guidelines below to submit proposals electronically.

Proposal Guidelines:

Proposal submissions should not to exceed 500 words. Proposals should be single­spaced, single page submissions and include name, address, phone number, email address, institution and affiliation to institution. Please also indicate type of presentation – individual, poster presentation, or panel (for panel presentations please include information for all presenters).
Submissions should be sent to with a subject line of: TKCC Submission – (your last name here)



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