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Speakers list

A list of confirmed speakers has been placed on the program page. This list will be updated as more presenters confirm their attendance at the conference.

Fien Lauwaerts, co-organizer


Fien Lauwaerts has kindly consented to co-organize the 2018 AIW in Ghent. Fien is a graduate of Ghent University, and holds a BA and MA in history. Her research interests are centred on pedagogy, and art history, and politics of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Paper and panel submissions

The deadline for the the initial round of paper and panel submissions has been met. Thank you for your many excellent proposals!

We will consider new paper and panel proposals if they are submitted by January 15, 2018. However, priority will be given to those that arrived during the first round of submissions.



Keynote Speaker – Camiel van Breedam


We are pleased to announce that Camiel van Breedam has kindly consented to be a keynote speaker at the 39th annual AIW, in Ghent, Belgium. Camiel van Breedam is a Belgian artist (°Boom 1936) who has been the recipient of – among others – the Louis-Paul Boon award for his work. His art often centres on the use of public and open spaces, the juxtaposition of materials and objects, and the confrontation of cultures. In addition, Van Breedam has occasionally reflected upon the themes of massacre and memorialization in relation to the intersections between Native American and European history.

This is the theme of his ‘environment’ “Als het heidens oog vol is”, which was placed in Ghent University’s UFO building in 2010, together with a related poem, “The Ballad of Wounded Knee”, by the poet Roger De Neef, who originally commissioned the work. The environment brings students and passers-by closer to both art and the past, and while the effigies represent Native Americans, they symbolize all victims of racial hatred. The figures are comfortably foreign and yet unsettlingly recognizable. Our reflections and their bodily distortions draw us past the feathered ‘other,’ to the suffering human, and our place alongside them. They confront us with our shared history, and possible futures.  

For more information, please see his website at: 



We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth James-Perry has kindly consented to be a keynote speaker at the 39th annual AIW, in Ghent, Belgium. Elizabeth James-Perry is an enrolled citizen of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe on the island of Noepe (Marthas Vineyard). She graduated with honors in Marine Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2001, and also completed coursework at Cornell University’s  satellite campus, Shoals Marine Laboratory, and at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has in-shore and off-shore commercial fisheries research experience, and was recently honored to be a 38th Voyager onboard the historic Charles W. Morgan refurbished whaling vessel, as a descendant of the original Gay Head crewmembers.   She recounted some of her Wampanoag families’ nineteenth century whaling history in Nancy Shoemaker’s Living with Whales, and published her own research in Dawnland Voices 2.0.

Elizabeth has been a traditional and contemporary artist for more than twenty years; her artwork grows out of Northeastern Woodlands Algonquian artistic expressions. To support her natural weaving and dyes, she wild-harvests and processes her own sea clams, common plants and barks, while growing some plants that have now become rare in Massachusetts woods. In 2014 Elizabeth had the honor of receiving a Traditional Arts Fellowship from Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Rebecca Blunk Award in 2015. As a member of a Nation that has long lived on and harvested the sea, Elizabeth’s is a perspective that combines a strong sense of Native sovereignty, the arts, an appreciation for Native storytelling and TEK (traditional environmental knowledge), in her ways of relating to Native life on the North Atlantic. Elizabeth James-Perry has been employed for ten years as a Senior Cultural Resource Monitor for the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribal Historic Preservation Office, and is a member of the Culture and Heritage Committee at the United and Southeastern Tribal Conference. She monitors archeology, consults on Wampanoag-subject exhibits, documentary films, and writes for collaborative King Philips War projects supported by National Parks Service Battlefield Grants. She lives in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

For more information, please see her website at:

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Lomayumtewa C. Ishii

Dr.LomayumtewaIshii2016 We are pleased to announce that Dr. Lomayumtewa C. Ishii has kindly consented to be a keynote speaker at the 39th annual AIW, in Ghent, Belgium. Dr. Ishii is Hopi from the village of Sichomovi on First Mesa. He is of the Roadrunner/Mustard Clan. He received his Ph.D. in History from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona in 2001. Dr. Ishii has held numerous research and teaching positions at the University of Iowa, Eberhard-Karls University in Germany, the Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis in Slovenia, the Smithsonian Institution, Diné College, Temple University Japan, and is currently an Associate Professor and former Chair of the Applied Indigenous Studies Department at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Dr. Ishii’s research interest are Indigenous-Centered Historiography, Cultural Adaptation, Resistance and Persistence, and The Historic Evolutions of Contemporary Indigenous Lifeways. He has taught American Indian History, Indigenous Research Methods, Hopi History, American Indian Expression, Introduction to Applied Indigenous Studies, Roots of American Indian Federal Policy, Museums and American Indians, Indigenous Nation Building, Anthropology at Its Native Terrain, and graduate courses in American Indian History. He has also presented his work at numerous national and international conferences. His most recent publication, “Hopi Culture and a Matter of Representation” is found in Susan A. Miller and James Riding In’s anthology entitled, Decolonizing American Indian History: Native Historians Write Back.

39th AIW Website

We are pleased to present the website for the 39th American Indian Workshop, “Arrows of Time: Narrating the Past and Present.”
The information on the website, and this blog, will be updated as further information becomes available.