8th Annual NAIITS Symposium 2011


Co-hosted by Ambrose University College and Seminary, Calgary, AB
June 9-11, 2011
“Ways We Know Things: Exploring Indigenous Ways of Understanding”

Scope of Topics...
NAIITS invites proposals for papers and panels on the topic of “Indigenous Ways of Knowing.” Papers that utilize any of a broad range of research methodologies will be considered. Submissions should address one or more of the following topics. Submissions on topics that relate clearly to the overall theme will also be considered:

  • Contrasting traditional Native North American ways of understanding, of knowing “truth” with those most often associated with Western thought

  • Spiritual and theological implications of Indigenous foundations of knowledge. As one example, how would a different foundation on which knowledge is built, modify our understanding of the Creator and the creation?

  • The meaning and implications of Indigenous understandings of truth on major Christian doctrine(s) Ie eschatology, the Trinity, redemption, sanctification, etc

  • Implications of indigenous knowledge on our understanding of Mission, in particular, the Missio Dei


Papers should strive to show how traditional understandings within Indigenous contexts and cultural perspectives might be strengthened and implemented, or how new ideas and practices of contextualization might further the goals of Native ministry and the advance of Native people in life, service, and ministry following Jesus. Papers could address themselves to both traditional and more contemporary ideas of Native faith in Jesus, as well as contemporary Native thought related to contextualization of Native faith in Jesus.

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Submission Guidelines

Submissions must include a brief personal bio and both an abstract of not more than 150 words and a proposal for the type of presentation intended of not more than 1000 words. The proposal must include a clear statement of your argument and enough context to show that you are aware of the basic issues and literature of the field. The proposal is the document on which submissions will be evaluated and selected. Abstracts and bios provided for selected submissions will be used in advertisements and symposium materials. Selected papers will be allotted 40 minutes for presentation. There may be respondents for the papers. Selected panels will be allotted 90 minutes.

Submission of Papers

Papers should be theoretically solid and practical. Submissions will be evaluated in light of their potential to contribute to the Symposium. To encourage dialogue we welcome submissions from various perspectives, from Native presenters as well as those from supportive non-Native presenters.

Finished papers must be submitted at the latest by May 1, 2011. Papers must adhere to Turabian Sixth Edition; in Times Roman 12 font; have complete footnotes and Works Cited. These may be distributed to selected respondents and will be published in the NAIITS Journal.

Submission of Panels

Submissions of panels (please be sure this is a panel!) are welcome and should include the same materials as those for individual papers (brief bio of the chairperson, abstract and proposal; both of which deal with the focus of the proposed panel). Also included must be a participant list with bios and abstracts for each.

Submission Deadline and Requirements

The deadline for submissions of proposals for papers and panels is February 15, 2011.
Please submit your proposal to:
Anita L. Keith, Administrator
North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies 35-2855 Pembina Highway, Suite 428 Winnipeg MB R3T 2H5 CANADA Telephone: (204) 261-5676 Fax: (204) 261-9164
Email: office@naiits.com