InDigital III Conference: The Americas

February 14, 2019 – February 16, 2019 all-day

InDigital III Conference: The Americas

Location: Vanderbilt University Campus, Nashville TN.

Co-Sponsored by Vanderbilt University, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Middle Tennessee State University


Indigenous People’s Engagement with Digital and Electronic Media    

The study of Indigenous media is a relatively new and rapidly expanding field combining innovative research in Indigenous studies, anthropology, film/media studies, communication studies, cultural geography, studies in visual culture, and other related disciplines. Currently the field is evolving at such a fast pace that it is nearly impossible to keep track of all the innovations, novel applications, and sociocultural impacts transpiring. We invite researchers and media makers to join us to share and discuss these rapid changes in Indigenous media with a focus on North and South America.  A selection of presentations will be published in an edited volume (see From Filmmaker Warriors to Flash Drive Shamans, Vanderbilt University Press, 2018 for the previous publication).   


Call for Abstracts

We are interested in a variety of topics and approaches covering media production, distribution, archiving, and consumption, including, but not limited to how different groups may engage and be impacted by media as they:

  • Watch, interpret, or create television messages
  • Fashion, comprehend, and interact with radio texts
  • Construct and view their own cultural representations on film and upload them to the Internet
  • Build websites to archive culture materials
  • Construct social networks in cyberspace among themselves and other groups
  • Utilize cell phones to not only communicate but also film in culturally appropriate manners
  • Preserve disappearing languages
  • Encourage intergenerational dialog and cultural transmission
  • Record events for political leverage
  • Produce media collaboratively with non-Indigenous partners
  • Explore new marketing or consumption opportunities
  • Or simply be expressive and creative in conceptualization of cultural identity through media


Keynote Speakers: Michelle Raheja (University of California, Riverside) researches Native American literature, with a special interest in autobiography and film visual culture. Her book Reservation Reelism: Redfacing, Visual Sovereignty, and Representations of Native Americans in Film, explores the personal narratives and visual aesthetics of Indigenous actors, entertainers, and filmmakers from the inception of the motion picture industry in the United States and Canada to the present.

Juan Franciso Salazar (Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University) is an anthropologist and media scholar/practitioner best known for his contribution to studies of Indigenous media practices in Chile and Latin America. He has produced several documentary and experimental short films exhibited internationally including the feature length documentary film Nightfall on Gaia (2015). He is also a co-author of the book Screen Media Arts: Introduction to Concepts and Practices(with H. Cohen & I. Barkat, 2008, Oxford University Press) and is co-editor (with Sarah Pink, Andrew Irving and Johannes Sjøberg) of Anthropology and Futures: Researching Emerging and Uncertain Worlds (Bloomsbury, 2017).


Registration and Transportation/Lodging information may be found on the conference website.


For more information, please contact Richard Pace

[email protected]