Center for Comparative Native and Indigenous Studies
The Center for Comparative Native and Indigenous Studies (CCNIS) is meant as a platform to bring together scholars and students who work on indigenous issues in a global context. Each year, we host conferences and workshops on indigenous topics and offer courses on, for instance, Native American Literature and Film, Indigenous Rights, or Indigeneity and Ecocriticism.
Previous guest speakers and center affiliates include Gerald Vizenor (UC Berkeley/University of New Mexico), Kim Scott (Curtin University), Lindsay Robertson (University of Oklahoma), Stacy Leeds (University of Arkansas), and Mary Lawlor (Muhlenberg College).
The CCNIS seeks to foster interdisciplinary co-operations and to bring together disciplines such as American Studies, Canadian Studies, history, legal studies, cultural geography, economics, biology and medicine, in order to stress the vibrancy, contemporaneity and complexity of indigenous cultures in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Our institutional partners include the Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy at the University of Oklahoma.
In 2016, the new volume Comparative Indigenous Studies was published. Taking a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective, it highlights the ways in which indigenous cultures have resisted, time and again, the myth of their own disappearance.
Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee (CCNIS director)
Rebecca Schäfer, M.A. (CCNIS coordinator)
Research projects and Programs
DFG Research Projects:
- Un/doing Differences. Praktiken der Humandifferenzierung
- Early American Short Narratives
- Life Writing in Early American Periodicals
- Biopolitics and Native American Life Writing
- Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies
- Between Authenticity and the Market
- Early American Studies at Mainz
- Center for Comparative Native and Indigenous Studies
- DGF Research Training Group “Life Sciences – Life Writing”
- Political and Intellectual History
- Religion and American Culture
- Center for Social and Cultural Studies (SOCUM)
- Material Culture Studies at Mainz
- Historische Kulturwissenschaften Uni Mainz