Aug 222019

Indigenous Knowledges and Sociology

DEADLINE: Abstracts (500-1000 words) by November 1, 2019. If your abstract is accepted, full papers are due by May 15, 2020 (full paper acceptance depends upon peer review).


This special thematic section of the Canadian Review of Sociology, “Indigenous Knowledges and Sociology”, considers the complex, often troubled relationship between Indigenous ways of knowing and the discipline of sociology. As Cree and Saulteaux scholar Margaret Kovach and her colleagues (Kovach et al 2015) have observed, in Canada as elsewhere, the academy has been a site where Indigenous presence and hence Indigenous knowledges have been excluded for centuries. Only recently, since the 1970s, have Indigenous persons and their diverse ways of knowing entered into the academy. In Steckley’s (2003) survey of sociology textbooks in the 1990s, very few mentioned Indigenous peoples, their histories and present and even fewer foregrounded Indigenous knowledges, except as mystical new-age cultures.


How are Indigenous presence and knowledges in the university changing sociology, if at all? How might Indigenous theories and concepts (Karetak, Tester and Tagalik 2017, LaRocque 2010, McGregor, Restoule and Johnston 2018), methodologies (Kovach 2012, Tuhiwai Smith 1999, S.Wilson 2008), and approaches to statistical data (Walter and Andersen 2013) transform sociology? How may sociologists usefully engage with critical investigations of colonialism (Coulthard 2015, Starblanket 2019) and resurgent Indigenous ontological and political forms (Andersen 2014, Atleo 2007; Simpson 2014; Stark 2012)? How are Indigenous perspectives transforming understandings of disciplines and institutions, like law (Borrows 2002, Monture 1986, Turpel 1992), and education (Battiste 1998, Gaudry 2011, LaRocque 2010)? What might be learned through Indigenous feminisms (Acoose 2016, Demas 1993, Green 2018, Kuokkanen 2011, Maracle 1997, Suzack et al 2011) and analyses of urban Indigenous life (Lawrence 2004, Peters and Andersen 2013; Recollet 2015), contemporary Indigenous masculinities (Innes and Anderson 2015, Hokowhitu 2012) and queer Indigenous futures (Belcourt 2016, Driskill 2011, Justice 2010, A. Wilson 2008)? How might Indigenous knowledges, based in relationships to the land, seas and waterways, change sociology into the future?


In short, what are the zones of encounters and divergences between Indigenous knowledges and sociology? What new directions and transformations are possible and what are the limits of such critical engagement? We invite papers, theoretical, empirical or both, that describe and analyse the relationships, existing and possible, between Indigenous knowledges and sociology. Papers written from Indigenous perspectives and standpoints are especially welcome.  If the focus of the call is mainly on scholarship coming from the lands now claimed by Canada, indigeneity should be understood in its most global sense. We thus welcome submissions addressing the topic of this call from other contexts, including, but not limited to the continents of Africa and South America and settler colonial states like Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, and Sweden.


Authors are invited to submit 500-1000 word abstracts to by November 1, 2019. From these, selected authors will be invited to submit full 8000-10 000 word papers by May 15, 2020. Please see the CRS website for guidelines for formatting: Full papers will then be sent out for peer review and, where required, subsequently re-sent to authors for revisions. Final, accepted papers will be due on November 15, 2020, and then published as a special thematic section of the CRS in late 2020 or early 2021.


Special Section Editors:

Yann Allard-Tremblay (Huron Wendat, Sociology, Glendon, York University) and Elaine Coburn (Euro-Canadian, International Studies, Glendon, York University).



Acoose, Janice. 2016. Iskwewak kah’ki yaw ni wahkomakanak: Neither Indian princesses nor easy squaws. Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Andersen, Chris. 2014. Métis: Race, Recognition and the Struggle for Indigenous Peoplehood. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Battiste, Marie. 1998. “Enabling the autumn seed: Toward a decolonized approach to aboriginal knowledge, language, and education”. Canadian Journal of Native Education: 22, 1, 16-27.

Belcourt, Billy-Ray. 2016. “A poltergeist manifesto.” Feral Feminisms 6: 22-32.

Borrows, John. 2002. Recovering Canada: The resurgence of indigenous law. University of Toronto Press.

Coulthard, Glen. 2014. Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Demas, Doreen. 1993. “Triple jeopardy: Native women with disabilities.” Canadian Woman Studies, 13(4).

Driskill, Qwo-Li, ed. 2011. Queer Indigenous studies: Critical interventions in theory, politics, and literature. University of Arizona Press.

Gaudry, Adam JP. 2011. “Insurgent research.” Wicazo Sa Review 26(1): 113-136.

Green, Joyce. 2018. Making Space for Indigenous Feminisms. Winnipeg: Fernwood Press. Second edition.

Hokowhitu, Brendan. 2012.. Producing élite indigenous masculinities. Settler Colonial Studies, 2(2), 23-48.

Innes, Robert Alexander and Kim Anderson. 2015. Indigenous men and masculinities: Legacies, identities, regeneration. Univ. of Manitoba Press.

Justice, Daniel Heath. 2010. “Notes toward a Theory of Anomaly.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 16.1-2: 207-242.

Karetak, Joe, Frank Tester, and Shirley Tagalik. 2017. Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: What Inuit have always known to be true. Fernwood Press.

Kovach, Maggie. 2012. Indigenous Methodologies : Characteristics, Conversations and Contexts. Toronto : University of Toronto Press.

Kovach, Maggie et al. 2015. Indigenous Presence: Experiencing and Envisioning Indigenous Knowledges within Selected Post-Secondary Sites of Education and Social Work.

Available: profiles/kovach/

Kuokkanen, R. (2011). From indigenous economies to market-based self-governance: A feminist political economy analysis. Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique, 44(2), 275-297.

LaRocque, Emma. 2010. When the Other is Me: Native Resistance Discourse 1850-1990. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press.

Lawrence, Bonita. 2004. “Real Indians” and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native People and Indigenous. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Maracle, Lee. 1996. I am woman: A native perspective on sociology and feminism. Global Professional Publishing.

McGregor, Deborah, Jean-Paul Restoule, and Rochelle Johnston, eds. 2018. Indigenous research: Theories, practices, and relationships. Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Monture, Patricia A. 1986. “Ka-nin-geh-heh-gah-e-sa-nonh-yah-gah.” Can. J. Women & L. 2: 159.

Peters, Evelyn Joy, and Chris Andersen, eds. 2013. Indigenous in the city: Contemporary identities and cultural innovation. UBC Press.

Recollet, Karyn. 2015. Glyphing decolonial love through urban flash mobbing and Walking with our Sisters. Curriculum Inquiry, 45(1), 129-145.

Simpson, Audra. 2014. Mohawk interruptus: Political life across the borders of settler states. Duke University Press.

Steckley, John. 2013.  Aboriginal voices and the politics of representation in Canadian introductory sociology textbooks. Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Starblanket, Gina. 2019. The Numbered Treaties and the Politics of Incoherency. Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique, 1-17.

Stark, Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik. 2012. “Marked by fire: Anishinaabe articulations of nationhood in treaty making with the United States and Canada.” american indian quarterly, vol. 36, no 2, p. 119-149.

Suzack, Cheryl, Huhndorf, Shari M., Perrault, Jeanne, et al. (ed.). 2011. Indigenous women and feminism: Politics, activism, culture. UBC Press.

Tuhiwai Smith, Linda. 1999. Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. London: Zed Press.

Turpel, Mary Ellen. 1992. “Indigenous People’s Rights of Political Participation and Self-Determination: Recent International Legal Developments and the Continuing Struggle for Recognition.” Cornell Int’l LJ 25.

Walter, Maggie and Chris Andersen. 2013. Indigenous Statistics: A Quantitative Research Methodology. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.

Wilson, Alex. 2008. “N’tacinowin inna nah’: Our Coming in Stories.” Canadian Woman Studies 26.3.

Wilson, Shawn. 2008 Research is ceremony: Indigenous research methodologies. Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing.