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The Symposium:

The purpose of the symposium is to facilitate open dialogue about various aspects of Contextualization in Native North American history and experience. Symposium planners hope that participants will bring together academic and practical approaches to the issues being addressed in the symposium.

Scope of Topics:

Reaction to colonization has produced varied responses to the Christian faith in contemporary Native North America, as it has in other parts of the Indigenous world. Yet most of these reactions continue to be framed largely by colonial language and thought – either in reaction to or borrowing from the language of colonial Christian faith. Post-colonial language and thought, some would argue, continues the same process.

NAIITS invites proposals from both scholars and practitioners for papers and panels on the topic of “Indigenous Reality: Moving Beyond the Colonial and Post-colonial Conversation.” Papers that utilize any of a broad range of research methodologies will be considered. Submissions should address one or more of the following topics:
  • Contrasting Native North American conversations and writings, regarding Christian faith, with those from other colonized peoples so as to determine whether a common language is emerging that moves beyond colonial and postcolonial constructs into establishing a Christian identity not in contrast to the “other,” but rather as a Christian identity in its own right;
  • The role of re-traditionalization/reclamation on the formation of Christian identity as distinct from that of the colonial and postcolonial church;
  • Potential implications of encouraging Indigenous expressions of Christian faith and life that are not rooted in the trajectories created by Indigenous colonial experiences of Christian faith and the church traditions with which these have been associated, on the one hand, or influenced by the often negative criticism of Christianity in the postcolonial conversation on the other;
  • Submissions on topics that relate clearly to the overall theme will also be considered.
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