CfP: Indigenous Resistance in the Digital Age: the Politics of Language, Media and Culture

Image credit: Markus Spiske, via Unsplash
Image credit: Markus Spiske, via Unsplash
Thursday 6 May 2021

An International Conference

Indigenous Resistance in the Digital Age: the Politics of Language, Media and Culture

Hosted by: Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale"

The International Conference Indigenous Resistance in the Digital Age: the Politics of Language, Media and Culture aims at broadening the current critical debate on creative Indigenous resistance in digital environments so as to include a combination of theoretical approaches and methodologies that range from Indigenous Studies, Critical Discourse Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, Multimodal Analysis, Media Studies, among others, that may offer new perspectives and insights.

Over the last decades, the advent of digital and social media has deeply affected and radically transformed the interplay between politics, communication and new technologies. This has had a major impact on how engagement and participation take place in the digital age, as well as on how we tell stories and present ourselves through online platforms and within other networked virtual places (De Fina and Georgakopoulou 2020).

The new cyber territories that we inhabit daily involve different configurations of digital communication and social practices, which change significantly on the basis of cultural contexts of interaction, interaction spaces, and semiotic resources. This is even more true when it comes to Indigenous communities across the globe, whose widening use of new media has become “a creative and empowering tool to combat language death, raise political awareness, and ingeniously create Indigenous networks across various geographies” (Menjívar and Chacón 2019: 11). 

Conference Format:

The International Conference Indigenous Resistance in the Digital Age: the Politics of Language, Media and Culture will be held online on Zoom on 27-30 October 2021. The conference is free of charge for speakers and attendees. Attendees who are not presenting a paper must register through the Registration page

Call for Papers:

The conference welcomes proposals that investigate linguistic, cultural and social aspects of Indigenous digital activisms at macro and/or micro levels, and the languages of resistance across genres, channels and cyber-environments, drawing from different academic disciplines as well as different critical approaches. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Facebook, Twitter and other social networks as new frontiers for Indigenous activists

  • Corpora, annotation schemes and other resources and methods for analyzing
    Indigenous resistance

  • Linguistic, multimodal, critical analysis of dissent and online struggles

  • Metaphors, tropes, narratives and other devices used in Indigenous digital activism
    on social media

  • Language, memory and Indigeneity in virtual worlds

  • Sovereignty, Indigenous lands and the cyberspace 

  • Online/offline Indigenous self-representations and their multiple expressions

  • Responses to online anti-Indigenous racism

  • Indigenous (self- and other) representations in video-games

  • Contemporary online Indigeneity and global connectivity

  • Indigenous knowledge, artificial intelligence and digital worlds

  • Technology and decolonization

  • Emancipatory role of digital technology for Indigenous people

  • Data, information, connectivity, digital technologies and control

  • Educational technology (e.g., virtual labs, e-learning, mobile apps) for Indigenous languages revitalization

  • Indigenous online voices and political participation

  • Ancestral languages and cultural heritage in online environments

  • The inclusion of Indigenous viewpoints in developing new technologies

  • Indigenous Futurism

  • Digital art as resistance

  • Innovative forms of digital oratory and storytelling

Submission Guidelines:

The panel invites proposals on any topic relevant to the conference theme. Submissions are limited to one abstract per person.

Each talk selected for presentation will be allotted 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

Abstracts have to be written in English and should not exceed 350 words excluding references.

Proposals should include: title of the talk, name of author and affiliation, email address, a short bio-bibliographical sketch (max 100 words) and up to five keywords.

Submissions must be made through Easy Chair by June 30, 2021 via the following link:

For any queries or doubts, please contact the conference organisers at: and 

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