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Gilio-Whitaker at NAISA

Published: May 26, 2015, Author: Rÿser Rudolph C.


Dina Gilio-Whitaker

CWIS Research Associate and Associate Scholar Dina Gilio-Whitaker will present a major paper at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association 2015 session in Washington, D.C. June 4th. Gilio-Whitaker will present a paper entitled Fourth World Theory as Methodology as a member of the Indigenous Pedagogies panel chaired by Laura Weaver from the University of Georgia. Her presentation is an extract of a larger paper entitled Fourth World Theory and Methods of Inquiry that is a chapter in the forthcoming (2016) book, Handbook on Indigenous Knowledge and Research Methodologies edited by Patrick Ngulube (PhD) Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Research and Postgraduate Studies (SIRGS) and the University of South Africa. Research and authorship of these pieces is being conducted by the CWIS research team of Dina Gilio-Whitaker, Heidi G. Bruce and Dr. Rudolph Ryser.

Gilio-Whitaker will point out in her presentation, “FWT bridges international relations theory and indigenous studies, offer a conceptual framework that recognizes the international political character of dominated peoples while de-naturalizing the modern state system” illustrating how Fourth World Theory defines Fourth World Geopolitics. She will furthermore indicate that the goal of her presentation is to, advance FWT as a framework for theoretical and applied indigenous research methodologies appropriately suited to understanding the cultures of indigenous nations, their nationhood, and their contributions to the broader knowledge of humanity within the context of the geopolitical/neoliberal world order.”  Speaking directly to the issue of pedagogy and how this activity relates to Fourth World Theory, Gilio-Whitaker will say, “FWT can be thought of as a conceptual container for fourth world learning approaches in which there are a multitude of pedagogical approaches based on many fourth world epistemologies.”

Dina will be joined on the NAISA 4:00pm panel by:


Joshua Frank, University of New Mexico, Jennifer O’Neal, University of Oregon; Kyung-Sook Boo, Sogang University; Keith N Goulet, University of Canada; and Linda Goulet, University of Canada.

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