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Speaking to the broader themes of the seminar series, The archives of Global History in a time of international immobility, this roundtable on Indigenous Mobilities considers archival practices in the context of Indigenous communities, how the field of classical studies has shaped understandings of Indigeneity, the impact of the pandemic on future histories of Indigeneity, and more.

Melody Delmar is Navajo, originally from Arizona. She is currently Native American Heritage Program Coordinator at the Missouri Humanities Center and has over 14 years of experience working with children, families, organizations, and advisory boards in various leadership capacities. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a Masters in Social Work, where she concentrated in American Indian & Alaskan Native (AI/AN) studies with a specialization in Policy & Research. Prior to this she earned a BS in Psychology from Northern Arizona University. Completing practicum work in governance and clinical research, Melody has published in the American Psychological Association on current AI/AN cultural practices for Adverse Childhood Experiences. She is passionate about strategically working through AI/AN challenges and learning her lifeways as an Indigenous Navajo Woman.

Sami Lakomäki earned his PhD in cultural anthropology at the University of Oulu, Finland, in 2009. After this he worked at the Southern Methodist University, Dallas, until moving back to the University of Oulu, where he has worked as a University Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology since 2012. In his research Lakomäki has focused on power, politics, mobility, and ideas of peoplehood and space among Indigenous peoples in contexts of colonialism, both in North America and in Scandinavia. His first monograph, Gathering Together: The Shawnee People through Diaspora and Nationhood, 1600–1870 (Yale University Press, 2014), sought to understand how Indigenous understandings of belonging and kinship gave rise to dynamic forms of nationhood in Native North America even during unrelenting colonial pressure and displacement.

John Little is Standing Rock Dakota. He earned his PhD in history from the University of Minnesota in 2020. His research focuses on Native veterans, music, and Native student success in higher education. Alongside his brother Kenn Little, he co-directed the award winning film More Than a Word. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Institute of American Indian Studies at the University of South Dakota.

Mark Lewis Tizzoni is an Assistant Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies at Bates College, specializing in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds. His research focuses on the cultural and social transformations that shaped the post-Roman Mediterranean. In particular, he examines the roles of poets and poetry in the creation of social cohesion and identity in post-Roman North Africa and Spain. His teaching focuses on the history of a more globally-defined Middle Ages, offering courses on North and West Africa, Iberia, and the wider Mediterranean, Afro-Eurasian world.  

Chaired by Merve Fejzula. The initial roundtable will last around 60 minutes, followed by 30 minutes for audience questions.

All welcome, this seminar is free to attend but booking is required.

Image Credit: Jennifer O’Donnell, Archive Folders, 2012, watercolour.