Critical Indigenous Studies
Engagements in First World Locations
With increasing speed, the emerging discipline of critical Indigenous studies is expanding and demarcating its territory from Indigenous studies through the work of a new generation of Indigenous scholars. Critical Indigenous Studies makes an important contribution to this expansion, disrupting the certainty of disciplinary knowledge produced in the twentieth century, when studying Indigenous peoples was primarily the domain of non-Indigenous scholars.
Aileen Moreton-Robinson’s introductory essay provides a context for the emerging discipline. The volume is organized into three sections: the first includes essays that interrogate the embedded nature of Indigenous studies within academic institutions; the second explores the epistemology of the discipline; and the third section is devoted to understanding the locales of critical inquiry and practice.
Each essay places and contemplates critical Indigenous studies within the context of First World nations, which continue to occupy Indigenous lands in the twenty-first century. The contributors include Aboriginal, Metis, Maori, Kanaka Maoli, Filipino-Pohnpeian, and Native American scholars working and writing through a shared legacy born of British and later U.S. imperialism. In these countries, critical Indigenous studies is flourishing and transitioning into a discipline, a knowledge/power domain where distinct work is produced, taught, researched, and disseminated by Indigenous scholars.
[This book] is distinguished by the questions it raises and debate it provokes about the imperative of decolonization. Indeed it pushes beyond that imperative, marking the ontological, intellectual/cultural/linguistic, spatial (and empirical) terrain in which that world exists and its fundamental relationships are reproduced.
[Critical Indigenous Studies] poses uneasy yet important questions and challenges for indigenous scholars and our communities to grapple with as we move onward.
Aileen Moreton-Robinson is a Goenpul woman from Quandamooka First Nation in Queensland, Australia. She is a professor of Indigenous studies and the director of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network at Queensland University of Technology.
Hokulani K. Aikau
Vicente M. Diaz
Noelani Goodyear Kaopua
Daniel Heath Justice
Jean M. O'Brien
Introduction: Locations of Engagement in the First World / AILEEN MORETON-ROBINSON
PART I. INSTITUTIONALIZING A CRITICAL PLACE
A Better World Becoming: Placing Critical Indigenous Studies / DANIEL HEATH JUSTICE
Building a Professional Infrastructure for Critical Indigenous Studies: A(n Intellectual) History of and Prospectus for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association / JEAN M, O'BRIEN AND ROBERT WARRIOR
Critical Indigenous Studies: Intellectual Predilections and Institutional Realities / CHRIS ANDERSEN
PART II. EXPANDING EPISTEMOLOGICAL BOUNDARIES
Dear Indigenous Studies, It's Not Me, It's You: Why I Left and What Needs to Change / KIM TALLBEAR
Monster: Post-Indigenous Studies / BRENDAN HOKOWHITU
Race and Cultural Entrapment: Critical Indigenous Studies in the Twenty-First Century / AILEEN MORETON-ROBINSON
PART Ill. LOCALES OF CRITICAL INQUIRY AND PRACTICE
In the Wake of Mata'pang's Canoe: The Cultural and Political Possibilities of Indigenous Discursive Flourish / VICENTE M. DIAZ
The Semantics of Genocide / LARISSA BEHRENDT
The Practice of Kuleana: Reflections on Critical Indigenous Studies Through Trans-Indigenous Exchange / HOK0LANJ K. AlKAU, NOELANI GOODYEAR-KA'OPUA, AND NOENOE K. SILVA
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