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[Xmca-l] AAA 2017 CFP Panel - "Culturally Responsive STEM Education with Neoindigenous Communities"

Dear XMCA Colleagues,

KiMi Wilson and I are organizing a panel for the 2017 American Anthropological Association meeting in DC that explores culturally responsive STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in the context of "neoindigenous" communities. Below is the CFP. Please submit and share if your networks!

Call for Papers: Culturally Responsive STEM Education with Neoindigenous Communities

American Anthropological Association 2017
Washington, D.C. November 29th - December 3rd.

Chairs: KiMi Wilson (California State University, Los Angeles); Michael Lachney (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Organizers: Michael Lachney (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); KiMi Wilson (California State University, Los Angeles)

To emphasize 21st century education as both a colonizing and assimilationist project in United States’ urban centers, Emdin (2016) advances the language of neoindigenous to conceptualize the institutional positions youths of color occupy when schools and teachers treat their cultural identities as deficits to classroom learning. What are the limitations and affordances of this conceptualization? American Indian boarding schools of the 19th and 20th centuries sought to assimilate indigenous children into cultural norms of the white colonizers. Similarly, urban schools often foster environments where the pathways for academic achievement come at the expense of students’ authentic expressions of self and community. Unlike indigenous peoples—who are identified by associated geographical locations that predate colonial occupation—neoindigenous makes both different and overlapping facets of colonialism and racism explicit by positioning urban youths of color in school systems that exist at the intersections of cosmopolitanism, marginalization, displacement, and diaspora. Emdin argues that conceptualizing urban youth as neoindigenous creates new vantage points from which teachers and researchers can recognize the socio-historical complexities between dominant institutions and marginalized communities in the development of better culturally responsive education. This raises the question of application: How can the conceptualization of urban youths as neoindigenous innovate culturally responsive pedagogy in those subject areas where communities of color are most underrepresented, namely STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)?

While increasing the representation of communities of color in STEM has become a national priority in the U.S., less attention has been paid to overcoming the Eurocentric and white middle class standards of STEM education that (re)produce underrepresentation in the first place. To speak to the 2017 AAA meeting theme about why “anthropology matters!” this panel highlights ethnographic and teacher action research on the development and implementation of culturally responsive STEM education in the context of neoindigenous communities. How can anthropological theory and practice help develop more nuanced understandings of neoindigenous communities for culturally responsive STEM instructional practices? What challenges and tensions arise between STEM education and the culturally situated knowledges of neoindigenous communities? To what extent can culturally responsive STEM education challenge colonialism and racism in schools? During this panel we will include but not limit discussion to the following:

· The limitations and affordances of conceptualizing urban youths of color as neoindigenous in the context of STEM education.

· The development and implementation of culturally responsive STEM lessons, curricula, technologies, art activities, and educational activism.

· The intersections of colonialism, patriarchy, racism, and wealth inequality in STEM and schools.

·  	Creating pathways toward de-colonial and anti-racist STEM education.

Please e-mail proposed presentation titles and abstracts (a maximum of 250 words) to Michael Lachney (michael.lachney@gmail.com) and KiMi Wilson (kwilso26@calstatela.edu) by 5PM PST, April 5th. Please use the heading, “AAA 2017” when you email your proposals.