First ever Alaska Native Studies Conference to be held in April

The state’s first-ever Alaska Native Studies Conference, “Transforming the University: Alaska Native Studies in the 21st Century,” will be held April 5 and 6 in Anchorage, hosted by the University of Alaska and the Alaska Native Studies Council. The ANSC invites scholars and practitioners from all fields to submit proposals on research and activism related to Alaska Native Studies of the past, present, and future for the conference.


Proposal submissions should be sent in digital format by Dec. 1, and should include a paragraph describing the theme and title of the presentation; the format; and the name, address and email contact information of the presenter or group.

Proposal notifications and acceptances will be sent out by Feb. 1 and the preliminary program will be posted by March 15.

Papers accepted for the conference will be considered for publication in the inaugural volume of the Journal of Alaska Native Studies, edited by the Alaska Native Studies Conference Program Committee. This journal will present the diversity of Alaska Native Studies research and activism being carried out within and across a range of disciplines.

The program committee includes Chair Lance Twitchell (Tlingit/Haida/Yup’ik), of UAS; co-chair Beth Leonard (Athabascan), of UAF; co-chair Maria Williams (Tlingit), of UAA; and co-chair Sharon Lind (Aleut/Unangan), of UAA.

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