18th Inuit Studies Conference 2012
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
October 24, 2012-October 28, 2012
April 2011 First Call for Session Proposals
The 18th Inuit Studies Conference, organized by the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian Institution, will be held in Washington, DC on the National Mall from October 24 to October 28, 2012 in various Smithsonian museums. Several special Inuit-themed exhibitions will be displayed across the Institution. Opportunities for visiting collections, archives and laboratories are available.
The biennial Inuit Studies Conference serves the critical function of drawing together scholars and Inuit representatives to share research results in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, political governance, environmental science, health, education, and culture.
Conference Theme: Inuit/Arctic/Connections: Lessons from the Top of the World
We believe this broad theme inspires discussion about important Inuit issues and how they impact the rest of the world. Sub-themes include: Heritage, Museums and the North; Globalization: An Arctic Story; Power, Governance and Politics in the North; The 'New' Arctic: Social, Cultural and Climate Change; Inuit Education, Health, Language and Literature
Call for Session Proposals
Titles and abstracts for proposed sessions (including prospective 'invited sessions,' panels, and round-tables) should be sent to the conference coordinator, Lauren Marr, by email or postal mail by Friday, September 16, 2011. The working language of the conference will be English. The Program Committee will guide selection of plenary sessions, panels, and papers.
A conference website will be live in the coming months. In the meantime, check the Arctic Studies Center website for information: http://naturalhistory.si.edu/arctic
Questions? Please Contact Lauren Marr
Arctic Studies Center
National Museum of Natural History
PO Box 37012
Anthropology Department, MRC 112
Washington, DC 20013-7012
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The ASC has created a website for the exhibit, Yuungnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuinely Live): Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival. The exhibit was at NMNH from April 17th 2010 to July 25th 2010. Curated by Ann Fienup-Riordan the exhibit showcased over 200 Yup'ik artifacts from museums around the world.
The main purpose of the website is to share Smithsonian's longstanding research and collections in the Yup'ik region by incorporating the Edward W. Nelson diary project. Edward Nelson was an American ornithologist who was responsible for collecting many of the objects in NMNH's Yup'ik collection during his 1881 expedition. The recent discovery of his original diary instigated a need to expand on Smithsonian's historical research and the recent exhibition provided a venue to present modern culture with historical research.
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Through the exhibit, "Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska" visitors can learn about traditional and contemporary Alaska Native cultures, with a focus on the rich diversity of cultural heritage objects from the Smithsonian collections. Nearly 600 objects from the Smithsonian will arrive in Alaska on long-term loan for the new exhibition which opened in 2010 at the Anchorage Museum. An innovative exhibit case and mounting system will allow objects to come out for study in a Cultural Consultation Studio, continuing collaborative work with Native Elders, artists and scholars, and enabling conversations about cultural meaning and history to continue into the future.
Throughout the gallery, emphasis is placed on first person, in-depth indigenous interpretation with connections to anthropology, history, art and science, and with multi-media contextual information and interpretative materials. Visit the exhibit site at http://alaska.si.edu/
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