The Ninth Annual American Indian and Indigenous Collective (AIIC) Symposium, “Imagining Indigenous Futurities,” is an interdisciplinary conference, featuring presentations from across the academy – including from the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and sciences – and from community members and practitioners beyond academic borders. This year, in selecting this year’s theme — “Imagining Indigenous Futurities” — the AIIC asks participants: “What is most urgent for our communities now?” In asking this, the symposium aims to advance conversations about global Indigenous people’s lifeways, ecologies, and knowledges; Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledges (ITEK); practices and theories for enacting just, decolonial, and sustainable futures; Native feminist, Indigiqueer, and Two Spirit knowledge creation, storytelling, and organizing; Landback movements; and, Native storytelling as a form of resistance, survivance, and theorizing. How are our communities envisioning and enacting lush futures in the now for all our human and more-than-human relations?
The AIIC Symposium has the honor of featuring the following keynote speakers whose research addresses issues related to Indigenous Futurities, ITEK, and Indigenous environmental justice: Grace L. Dillon (Anishinaabe), Dolly Kikon (Lotha Naga), and Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes descendant).
Sponsored by the American Cultures in a Global Context Center (ACGCC); Blum Center; Department of Asian American Studies; Department of English; Department of Environmental Studies; Department of Feminist Studies; Department of History of Art and Architecture; Global Latinidades Project; Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative; Hull Professor and Chair of Women’s Studies Program; Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC); IHC’s American Indian and Indigenous Collective Research Focus Group
(AIIC RFG); Literature and Environment Research Initiative; Literature and the Mind Research Initiative; UCSB College of Letters & Science; UCSB Graduate Division; UCSB Graduate Student Association; UCSB Office of Equal Opportunity & Discrimination Prevention; UCSB Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion