In a 2006 speech, Gerald Vizenor argued that genocide must be brought up in university settings (particularly law schools) through what he calls “Genocide Tribunals.” While these academic tribunals would not necessarily lead to actual prosecutions, they would yield new and better understandings of sovereignty issues and the history of forced absences of American Indians from legal processes. Vizenor suggests that stories, particularly those passed down orally through Indigenous communities and families, should stand as important, accepted evidence of genocide, which he sees as still present. As Vizenor states, genocide continues to happen because the Unites States has been allowed to ignore its own actions. But Indigenous peoples have survived and continue to enact their own resilience, their stories constantly working to fill the absences and stop literary erasure.
The editors of Transmotion will look for submissions for this special issue on Indigenous Genocides that do any of the following:
--Interrogate and extend legal and theoretical models of genocide and social death within a U.S. context.
--Employ interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to consider the historical impacts of genocide and strategies of survivance/continuance.
--Explore concepts of erasure/absence and survivance in and through a range of expressive forms and communal contexts (particularly those not typically examined in writing on genocide).
--Use indigenous theoretical texts/models/paradigms of genocide to read and/or interrogate Euroamerican texts/ideas/philosophies.
The journal will accept creative or hybrid work for this special issue, provided that such work aligns aesthetically with the aforementioned editorial emphasis.
Those interested in submitting essays and/or creative work for this special issue should contact Melissa Michal Slocum at firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstracts will be due by Jan 1, 2017 and full essays/creative pieces will be due by June 30, 2017.