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11th Annual NAIITS Symposium Call for Papers
Indigenous Reality: Moving Beyond Colonial and Post-colonial Conversations co-hosted by George Fox University and Evangelical Seminary Newberg, OR
June 5 - 7, 2014
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:

1) 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;

2) The role of re-traditionalization/reclamation on the formation of Christian identity as distinct from that of the colonial and postcolonial church;

3) 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;

4) Submissions on topics that relate clearly to the overall theme will also be considered.

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

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NAIITS - An Indigenous Learning Community
NAIITS an Indigenous Learning Community ( formerly the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies) is one of two members of Indigenous Pathways (IP), a nonsectarian, non-profit organization dedicated to working together with the Indigenous community. NAIITS’ focus within IP is the development and articulate of Indigenous perspectives in theology and practice. We encourage Indigenous learning styles and world views in our instruction as we facilitate the development of a body of work addressing biblical, theological, and ethical issues from Indigenous perspectives. NAIITS currently has five degree program partnerships offering graduate, and post-graduate degree or award programs.
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