Over these past weeks the Society has hosted a number of exciting virtual programs, and we look forward to resuming this programming when appropriate. Now our attention is rightly focused on mourning the senseless loss of an innocent life and reflecting on the difficult, necessary conversations and actions we must all take to begin to ensure that such tragedies end. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. Read more about the APS response to COVID-19.

Relationships, Reciprocity, and Responsibilities: Indigenous Studies in Archives and Beyond

Building on the collaborative, community-engaged work of the American Philosophical Society’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), the APS Library & Museum launched The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) in 2016 to foster the development of the next generation of Indigenous and allied students and scholars.

As part of its NASI initiative, CNAIR will host a three-day conference in Philadelphia on September 24-26, 2020. The conference will reflect new and emerging scholarship in Native American and Indigenous Studies and allied fields. Recent scholarship has emphasized the importance of relationships and relationship-building both with and within Indigenous communities; the significance of reciprocity in identifying, establishing, and maintaining community-based priorities; and an increased responsibility to decolonize scholarship, institutions, and collections.

"Relationships, Reciprocity, and Responsibilities: Indigenous Studies in Archives and Beyond" will be held at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia on September 24-26, 2020.