Abstract

Abstract:

Outlining my own experience as a modern American Indian in academia, in this essay I reveal the ways that my Choctaw heritage and identity have been outlawed, and discouraged by social expectations and racist stereotypes. Part manifesto, part personal narrative, I highlight needed changes in decolonizing scholarly research, publishing practices, and pedagogy, and I call on the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) to make changes that illustrate true commitment to diversity initiatives which centre Native American and Indigenous Peoples’ (NAIP) voices, experiences, and knowledge. My ancestry, connected to Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears, centres as a catalyst to my call for an overthrowing of academic complicity with settler colonialism.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1911-0243
Print ISSN
0840-6286
Pages
pp. 181-188
Launched on MUSE
2020-12-23
Open Access
No
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