Saturday, October 17, 2009

Indigenous Resources and Asian American Journalists

Being on Guam for the past year, I haven't been traveling around much for conferences. I've participated in plenty on Guam, but haven't had the experience of writing a new academic paper/presentation in a while. Here are two conferences that I'm considering applying for next year.

If anyone is interested in being on a panel let me know.


Engaging Indigenous Communities Conference: Resources, Rebellions, and Resurgence - Call For Papers

August 9-13, 2010

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

This conference is being undertaken in honour of the 1850 Robinson Treaties. The vision of the Anishinabeg leaders to protect our heritage and resources while sharing with the newcomers. It is this vision that remains as relevant today as it was 160 years ago. Contact between different peoples has resulted in a multitude of responses including peaceful interactions, uneasy relations, and far too often to war and genocide. Recognizing the autonomy of nations to determine their futures, including the allocation of resources, or the lack of such recognition, has sometimes been mediated by various types of agreements and treaties. It is through access to, or exploitation of resources (i.e. human, land, forest, mineral, water, and animal), that the colonial project has had the greatest affect on Indigenous peoples and Indigenous peoples on the colonial project. Thus the focus of the conference will be on exploring Indigenous peoples’ perspectives on resources, and the moments in history (and in present day) when Indigenous peoples have fought (peacefully or otherwise) to protect those resources. It is the contemporary resurgence of Indigenous perspectives and understandings or appropriate relationships to resources that we hope informs the conference. The conference will begin on the 9th with registration and at conclude at noon on the 13th of August.

Presentations on the following themes are encouraged with other related proposals welcome

•How do Indigenous communities define ‘resources’?

•How do Indigenous communities regulate/relate/engage with resources?

•How have historical neglect, misrepresentation, misunderstandings affected Indigenous communities’ relationships with their resources?

•How have agreements and/or treaties protected/attempted to protect resources?

•Are treaties valid methods to protect resources?

•How have community-university partnerships advanced Indigenous access to and/or protection of resources?

•How have universities forwarded exploitation of Indigenous people and resources?

•How can a relationship between the larger society and Indigenous people be shaped to benefit the environment?

Individual papers and panel submissions are welcome. Please submit a 250-350 word proposal for individual papers and 250-500 word proposal for panels. Please submit you proposals electronically by email or mail to the address below. The deadline for submissions is 8 January 2010.

Contact Information: For further information please contact
Dr. Karl Hele
c/o Organizing Committee
Engaging Indigenous Communities: Resources, Rebellions, and Resurgence
Department of Community Economic and Social Development
Algoma University
1520 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Canada P6A 2G4

Location : Sault Ste. Marie, ON


AAJA is already gearing up for its 21st Annual National Convention set to take place from Aug. 4 to 7, 2010 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa in Los Angeles California. This will be the third AAJA convention to be hosted by the L.A. chapter, the first two being in 1993 and 1987. Los Angeles is the birthplace of AAJA, and the chapter--being among AAJA's largest -- has more than 200 members.

The theme for the 2010 AAJA National Convention is "Back to the Future." As the media industry works to redefine itself, it is critical for journalists to find out about more issues affecting the industry and various AAPI communities, learn new skills, and broaden their professional networks. Download a 2010 AAJA National Convention proposal form. Only online submissions will be accepted. Please send your ideas with the subject line: "AAJA 2010 Workshop Proposal" to by December 15, 2009.

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