Indigenous Print Cultures, Media, and Literatures

Date: July 6-9, 2022
Location: Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Hosted by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies and the Humanities Research Center at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Venues: Atrium Maximum, Campus JGU Helmholtz-Institute Mainz (HIM) Faculty Room, Philosophicum I



We are delighted to welcome you to Mainz in July this year for the “Indigenous Print Cultures, Media, and Literatures” Symposium, co-organized by the Obama Institute at JGU and the Humanities Research Center at VCU. Please find the tentative program below or download it here. Additionally, we are happy to provide maps and directions to help you, e.g., get from the hotel to the venues. Please find the maps below the tentative program or click here to download the maps. Public transportation in Mainz will cost you 1,50€ per short distance trip.

We will upload a separate document including WiFi access, setting up speaker/participant accounts, as well current Covid-19 regulations and restrictions soon. If you have any questions, please reach out to Anette Vollrath (

If you would like to take a look at the hotels’ websites, please feel free to go to Hotel Königshof or Hotel Hammer.


Tentative Program

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 (Venue: Atrium Maximum)

16:00 Registration

17:00 Welcome Reception:

Vice-Presidents for Research JGU, Prof. Dr. Stefan Müller-Stach

Vice President for Research and Innovation, VCU, Dr. P. Srirama Rao

Director of the Obama Institute, Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung

Symposium Organizers, Profs. Cristina Stanciu, Oliver Scheiding

17:45 Keynote Lectures

Chair: Cristina Stanciu (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Mishuna Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca, Professor of Gender and American Indian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles)
“Carrying Our Ancestors Home: The Importance of Storytelling, Digital Projects, and Central Tribal Voices”

Gerald Vizenor (Professor Emeritus, American Studies, University of California, Berkeley)
Waiting for Wovoka: Scenes from a Novel of Good Cheer and Native Hand Puppet Parleys” (online)

19:00 Reception (Atrium Maximum)


Thursday, July 7, 2022 (Venue: Helmholtz-Institute)

9:00-10:30 Session 1

Indigenous Print Cultures and Language

Chair: Jutta Ernst (University of Mainz)

Noenoe Silva (UH Manoa): “The Twentieth-Century Hawaiian-Language Newspapers”

Christopher Pexa (University of Minnesota). “‘Bringing the Language Together’: Ochéti Šakówiŋ Pasts and Futures in the Iapi Oaye (The Word Carrier) Newsletter”

Philip Round (University of Iowa): “The Role of Indigenous Languages in the Production of Native Texts/Periodicals at the End of the Nineteenth Century”


10:30-11:00 Coffee Break


11:00-12:30 Session 2

The White Earth Nation: A Lasting Legacy of Periodicals and Politics

Chair: Mark Rifkin (UNC Greensboro)


Adam Spry (Emerson College), “The Demosthenes of White Earth: Theodore Beaulieu, The Progress, and the Recovery of an Indigenous Intellectual Tradition”

Jill Doerfler (University of Minnesota, Duluth), “‘A Few Honest Words’: Writing for the Anishinaabeg Today in the Twenty-first Century”


12:30-13:30 Lunch


13:45-15:15 Session 3

Boarding School Publications

Chair: Cristina Stanciu (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Lionel Larré (Université Bordeaux-Montaigne), “A Magazine not only About Indians, but Mainly by Indians: Native Representations in the Carlisle Publications at the Beginning of the 20th Century”

Frank Newton (University of Mainz), “Indigenous Dialogues: Early 20th Century Native American Discourse in Boarding School Publications”

Jane Griffith (Ryerson/X University, Toronto, Canada), “Nineteenth Century Printing Programs and Indian Boarding Schools: What Archival Newspapers Reveal About Settler Colonialism Today” (Zoom)


15:15-15:30 Coffee Break


15:30-17:00 Session 4

Indigenous New Media

Chair: Philip Round (University of Iowa)

Bethany Hughes (University of Michigan), Little Chahta News Bird: Biskinik and Twitter as Sovereign Spaces”

René Dietrich (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt), “This Land and All my Relations: Podcasts and the Indigenous Digital Mediascape”

Niigaanwewidam Sinclair (Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies, University of Manitoba), “The 1764 Treaty of Niagara and the Shaking Tent: Anishinaabe Semiotics and the Spiritual Internet”


17:30-18:30 Keynote Lecture (Zoom)

Chair: Chadwick Allen (University of Washington)

Beth Piatote (University of California, Berkeley)
“The Indigenous Archive and The Beadworkers: Stories

19:15 Reception (City Hall, Mayor-Mainz)

Conference Venue: Helmholtz-Institute Mainz (HIM)


Friday, July 8, 2022 (Venue: Helmholtz-Institute)

9:00-10:30 Session 5

Indigenous Printscapes and Indigeneity

Chair: Padraig Kirward, Goldsmiths

Kathryn Walkiewicz (University of California, San Diego), “Indigenous Printscapes: Media Culture in Late Nineteenth-Century Indian Territory”

Frank Kelderman (University of Kentucky), “Children’s Pages, Indigenous Writing: Reframing Labor, Learning, and Leisure, 1880-1913”

Mark Rifkin (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), “Indians Gone “Wild”: The Politics of Ethnographic Form in Zitkala-Ša’s Stories”


10:30-11:00 Coffee Break


11:00-12:30 Session 6

Progressive Era Indigenous Periodicals and Magazines

Chair: Axel Schäfer (University of Mainz)

Jonathan Radocay (University of California, Davis), “California Indian Paper Routes: Winnemem Wintu Futures in Progressive-Era Periodicals”

Chris Andersen (University of Alberta), tba

Kelly Wisecup (Northwestern University), ​​“Simon Pokagon and Periodical Networks”

12:30-13:45 Lunch


14:00-15:30 Session 7

Indigenous Writing, Rights, and Activism

Chair: Matt Bokovoy, University of Nebraska Press

Cari M. Carpenter (West Virginia University), “‘What the Curious Want to Know’: Ora Eddleman Reed Advising Land Development and Rejecting Racial Stereotypes in Indian Territory”

Cristina Stanciu (Virginia Commonwealth University), “Networked Resistance: Native Women Writers and Editors in the Boarding School Press”

Miranda Johnson (University of Otago, New Zealand), “Indigenous Writing, Indigenous Rights: Activisms in the Post-War South Pacific”


15:30-16:00 Coffee Break 


16:00-17:30 Session 8

Project Presentations: Indigenous Modernities

Chair: Chris Andersen, University of Alberta

Kirby Brown (University of Oregon, Eugene), Co-editor of Routledge Handbook to North American Indigenous Modernisms (2022)

Ruth Mayer (University of Hannover), Co-editor of Modernity and the Periodical Press: Trans-Atlantic Mass Culture and the Avantgardes, 1880-1920 (Brill 2022)

Oliver Scheiding (University of Mainz), Editor of Anthology Project: “Indigenous Periodicals: American Indian Newspapers and Magazines, 1880-1930”

19:00-23:00 Dinner “Straußwirtschaft Weingut Dhom, Hechtsheim”

Conference Venue: Faculty Room, Philosophicum I


Saturday, July 9, 2022 (Venue: Faculty Room, Philosophicum I)

9:00-11:00 Session 9

New Forms of Indigenous Writing

Chair: Jill Doerfler (University of Minnesota, Duluth)

Dallas Hunt (University of British Columbia), “Ka mâyitôtamihk: Reconfiguring Kinship Practices in Treaty Eight Territory”

David Stirrup (University of Kent), “Articles of a Treaty Made: Ojibwe Artists Reframing Nineteenth-Century Colonial Texts”

Chadwick Allen (U of Washington, Seattle), “Canoeing the Whale: Fred Graham’s Te Waiata o te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa at the Burke Museum(s)”

Birgit Däwes (Europa-Universität Flensburg), “Rethinking the Archive: Indigenous Museums, Temporality, and Representation”


11:0-11:30 Coffee Break


11:30-12:30 Final Discussion, Roundtable

Gerald Vizenor, Chadwick Allen, Cari Carpenter, Mark Rifkin, Philip Round, Kelly Wisecup, Oliver Scheiding


12:30-13:30 Lunch


Optional: Guided City Tour / Gutenberg Museum and Library




Maps (Hotels, Campus, Venues)

Map 1: Mainz Central Station to Hotel Hammer / Hotel Königshof


Map 2: Mainz Central Station to Mainz University Campus



Map 3: Mainz University Campus and Symposium Venues


Fig. 1: Venues: Atrium Maximum (top left), Philosophicum I (top right), Helmholtz-Institute (bottom)