New Directions in Indigenous Book History

We invite the general public to join us for a free virtual symposium on “New Directions in Indigenous Book History.”

New Directions in Indigenous Book History

Free, public virtual symposium to be held on 

Thursday, March 23rd, and Friday, March 24, 2023

Registration is free and open to the public

Visit the conference website for a full program.

After the ten-year anniversary of Phillip Round’s Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663–1880 (2010) and at the twentieth anniversary of Louise Erdrich’s Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country (2003), we invite the general public to join us in a free, two-day, virtual symposium in which national and international scholars will offer analyses, reflections, and provocations on the material book’s historical and continuing relation to Indigenous peoples and communities. We will also take the occasion to mark the flourishing—though still nascent—field of scholarship on the materialities of the Indigenous book and the productive interventions such scholarship has made into the traditionally settler-oriented fields of bibliography, scholarly editing, and book history.

Though critical attention to Indigenous print culture has done well to document and examine a wide range of media and genres used by Indigenous writers across the centuries, here we narrow the focus to books specifically. How might we define the Indigenous book? Where does Indigenous book history engage with and depart from other histories of the book? How has the book moved within and across Indigenous communities, both local and global? In what sense can the book be claimed as Indigenous? Topics will include community-engaged partnerships and collaborations; book arts; materiality and form; making Indigenous books; reclaiming genres; and relations with archives, audiences, and libraries.

Machine-generated captions will be provided during the live event. Recordings will be posted to YouTube with human-reviewed captions in English.

Co-sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America & the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography | Organized by Dr. Amy Gore & Dr. Daniel Radus


Amy Gore

Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers

Why Do Pronouns Matter?

Assistant Professor of English

North Dakota State University

Minard 318E42

Dept. 2320, P.O. Box 6050

Fargo, ND 58108-6050

We collectively acknowledge that we gather at NDSU, a land grant institution, on the traditional lands of the Oceti Sakowin (Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda) and Anishinaabe Peoples in addition to many diverse Indigenous Peoples still connected to these lands. We honor with gratitude Mother Earth and the Indigenous Peoples who have walked with her throughout generations. We will continue to learn how to live in unity with Mother Earth and build strong, mutually beneficial, trusting relationships with Indigenous Peoples of our region.

Analogues and Kinship: A Talking Circle


March 10, 2023

10:30am-3:30pm EST

To register to attend in person, click here.

For those who would like to attend virtually, please complete ZOOM LINK registration here.

Faculty House, Columbia University

With Suzanne Conklin Akbari (Princeton University), Tarren Andrews (Yale University, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), Gage Diabo (Concordia University, Kanien’kehá:ka), Emma Hitchcock (Columbia University), Audra Simpson (Columbia University, Kahnawà:ke Mohawk) and Stephen Yeager (Concordia University)

Sponsored by CEMS, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University Seminar on Medieval Studies, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity      

Analogues are a key category of evidence in medieval literary studies. When parallels between phrases, imagery, or narrative elements in stories are specific enough that they do not seem to be merely conventional, they empower us to make claims about the shared histories of texts and traditions, and so also about connections in and between the cultural milieux that produced them. Analogic claims narrativize not only the historical relationships between texts in the past but also political relationships between nations in the present. The people who share stories are generally considered to be kin, and the study of analogues aims precisely to determine which people share stories. The studies of analogues so common to medieval studies are always in this sense studies of kinship, between not only medieval peoples but also their modern descendants.

The first half of the day the primary circle members—Tarren Andrews (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), Gage Diabo (Kanien’kehá:ka), Emma Hitchcock, and Stephen Yeager—will share thoughts and engage in a conversation about the above prompt. After a lunch break, the workshop will reconvene, and the circle will expand to include all participants in the ongoing conversation. We recommend participants review the following bibliography and welcome further additions to our discussion.

We are asking for participants who attend this Talking Circle and workshop to come prepared to think alongside one another about this complex question, to generously and sincerely discuss the stakes of the analogic methods that so regularly, and perhaps even subconsciously, shape our research practices. The following materials in pdf format will be sent to those who register:

  • Bradway, Tyler and Elizabeth Freeman. “Introduction: Kincoherence/Kin-aesthetics/Kinematics.” Queer Kinship: Race, Sex, Belonging, Form. (2022)
  • Rifkin, Mark. “Introduction.” When Did Indians Become Straight?: Kinship, The History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty. (2011)
  • Simpson, Audra. “Indigenous Interruptions.” Mohawk Interruptus: Political Live Across the Borders of Settler States. (2014)
  • excerpt from Williams, Kayanesenh Paul. Kayanereko:wa: The Great Law of Peace. (2018)

Colonial Entanglements

Colonial Entanglements and the Medieval Nordic World: Tensions, Nordic Colonialism and Indigeneity

Chair of Nordic History, Universität Greifswald 02-03.02.2023

Colonial Entanglements and the Medieval Nordic World: Tensions, Nordic Colonialism and Indigeneity

For livestream link go to: 


Location: Konferenzraum, Domstraße 11 (Main University building), 17489 Greifswald

Registration and link for streaming: tba

Thursday, 02 February

09:00-09:30 Introduction and Welcome

Prof. Dr Cordelia Heß (Greifswald)

09:30-10:30 Indigenous methods

Dr Timothy Bourns (London): “Can we access a counter-narrative to the Vínland sagas through Kaladlit okalluktualliait?”

Dr Keith Ruiter (Suffolk): “What do Windigos Have to Do with Vikings?: Seeing Early Scandinavian Legalism with Two Eyes”

11:00-12:00 Colonial medievalisms I

Hannah Armstrong (York): “Beyond ‘Lost’ White Communities: Kalaallit Nunaat, Norse medievalisms, and the Indigenous Turn”

Jay Lalonde (New Brunswick): “‘… there is a strong leaven of the old Norse blood in nearly all of us’; Settler Colonialism and the Vínland Mythology”

12:00-13:00 Colonial medievalisms II

Dr Gwendolyne Knight (Stockholm): “Magical Stereotypes and Lived Realities in Medieval Sápmi”

Dr Christina Lentz (Tromsø): “Colonialism 2.0? Perspectives on medieval history in Norwegian textbooks”

14:30-15:30 Crusades

Dr Thomas Morcom (Oslo): “Raider, Crusader, Far-Traveller? The Complexity of Old Norse Depictions of the Expedition of Sigurðr jórsalafari”

Dr Sabine Walther (Bonn): “The Baltic crusades in an Icelandic mirror? The case of Yngvar the Far-Travelled”

16:00-17:30 Keynote 

Dr Laura Gazzoli (Wien): “From the beginning? Colonial entanglements in the far north and the Baltic and the formation of Scandinavian identities, c. 800–c. 1100”

Friday, 03 February

10:00-11:00 Spatial dimensions of colonialism

Basil Arnould Price (York): “The King and His Skattland: A Postcolonial Approach to Post-Commonwealth Iceland”

Prof. Thomas Wallerström (Trondheim): “The Gulf of Bothnia, 1300–1621, as a ‘third space’”

11:00-12:00 Colonial semantics

Carina Damm (Leipzig): “Sámi and Bjarmar as Brokers in the Medieval Fur Trade”

Prof. Alexandra Petrulevich (Uppsala): “The East Norse Echo: Swedish Medieval and Post-medieval Discourse on finnarkareler and lappar

13:30-14:30 Religion

Dr Christian Koch Madsen (Nuuk): “Far from Rome – Religious Beliefs and Otherness of the Medieval Greenland Norse”

Dr Solveig Marie Wang (Greifswald): “Christianity, Conversion and the Saami in the Medieval Period”

14:30-15:30 Panel discussion and conclusion

Organisers: Prof. Dr Cordelia Heß, Prof. Dr Clemens Räthel, Dr Solveig Marie Wang, Erik Wolf. For any enquiries please contact:

Mike Bintley and Patricia Dailey

Nov 11, 2022

Mike Bintley (Birkbeck, University of London) and Patricia Dailey (Columbia University)

Location: Harvard University

“Tree Felling/Tree Feeling”

Online Event; Register here
12:00 PM EST

Sponsored by CEMS and the Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University.

Ronald Murphy

November 8, 2022, 4:00 PM EST

Ronald Murphy (Emeritus, Georgetown)

On The Tree of SalvationYggdrasil and the Cross in the North

at Columbia University

Sponsored by CEMS and the Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University.

Tarren Andrews

November 4, 2022

Tarren Andrews (Yale University)

“Monstrous Property: or, Who Gets to Write an Epic Poem”

at Fordham University
12:00 pm, Joseph McShane Campus Center, 311

This talk will consider the socio-political legacies of Old English studies as they relate to current poetry. Old English and the tradition of epic poetry is a kind of “monstrous property” of the present settler colonial structures within which we all live. In the wake of such legacies, how do Indigenous scholars engage with Old English? In answer, this paper turns to Kumeyaay poet Tommy Pico’s epic, Nature Poem, to ask, how do Indigenous poets write an epic poem? How do they enter into and turn inside out a genre so intensely associated with Western ideals of whiteness, cultural capital, and monstrous possession?

Heide Estes

May 5, 2022

Heide Estes (Monmouth University)

“Disability, Gender, and Jews in Old English Poetry”

at Columbia University
5:30 pm, Philosophy Hall, 302