Indigenous North American Futurities: Archives, Source Codes, Beginnings

International Workshop

June 17, 2019

Europa-Universität Flensburg

Workshop Documentation

Press Release (German)

In June 2019, the Flensburg-based research project "Knowing Tomorrow: Twenty-First Century Native North American Archives of Futurity" (organized by Prof. Dr. Birgit Däwes and assistant researcher Kristina Baudemann, and funded by the German Research Foundation DFG) will be launched with an opening event that brings together Native and non-Native scholars to discuss Indigenous temporality, futurity, epistemology, and representation. We cordially invite you to join us for our international workshop "Indigenous North American Futurities: Archives, Source Codes, Beginnings" at the Europa-Universität Flensburg. We welcome students, teachers, members of the EUF and of other universities and cordially extend our invitation to anyone interested in the Indigenous future. There will be no fee; please register by June 7, via


9:00                Welcome and Introduction

                        Birgit Däwes and Kristina Baudemann (Europa-Universität Flensburg)

9:15-10:30     Keynote Address

Grace Dillon (Portland State University), "Why Indigenous Futurisms Matter"

Chair and Response: Kristina Baudemann (EUF)

10:30-11:30    Literature, Land, Poetics

Sarah Henzi (University of Montréal), 
"'You can change the world': Indigenous SF as Envisioning Shki-kiin, New Worlds"

Ho’esta Mo’e’hahne (Portland State University), 
"Decolonial Indigenous Poetics and the Settler-Imperial City""

11:30-12:45    Lunch Break

12:45-13:45    Museums and Methodologies

Geneviève Susemihl (CAU Kiel), "Conserving Cultural Heritage for Future Generations: The Indigenous World Heritage Site of SGang Gwaay and Gwaii Haanas"

Birgit Däwes (EUF), "‘Ancient Resonance’: Native Museums as Archives of Temporal Sovereignty"

13:45-14:15    Concluding Round Table

Grace Dillon, Sarah Henzi, Ho’esta Mo’e’hahne, Geneviève Susemihl, Kristina Baudemann and Birgit Däwes

Kindly supported by DFG (German Research Foundation) and Europa-Universität Flensburg.

Artwork: Elizabeth LaPensée, "Along the River of Spacetime" (courtesy of the artist)