The 2022 RIVAS Conference

For information on the conference, registration and fees, follow the link - 2022 RIVAS Conference Information,  Last Year's 2021 RIVA Program

The RIVAS conference is held to support the scholarship of Indigenous academics and speakers whose cultures help shape American linguistics, archeology and cultural anthropology, and in acknowledgment of the contributions of Indigenous Peoples globally people are invited to submit an abstract for a paper, or register to attend.  Questions about abstract submissions can be emailed to:

 Invited speakers
Yellowknives Dene Scholar Glen Coulthard Once Were Maoists: Third World Currents in Fourth World Anti-Colonialism, Palestinian Scholar Zeina Jallad Charpentier - Identity Annexation: Israel’s Non-Territorial and Psychic Annexation of the West Bank Samaritans in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Penobscot Scholar Sherri Weh'na Ha'mu Kwasset Mitchell - Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based ChangeAnishinaabe Scholar Bimadoshka Pucan - Land, Language and Medicine at Chief’s PointPenobscot Scholar Darren Ranco - Decolonizing Land Relations in the Dawnland: Landback and Rematriation Across WabanakikFormer Australian Senator and Gumbaynggirr scholar Aden Ridgeway.     Other invited speakers, to be confirmed.

 The RIVAS conferences aim to provide and promote: 

  1. a venue for the exchange of ideas and constructive debate,
  2. a platform for rising Indigenous scholars to present their work and connect with a wider scholarly network, 

  3. Indigenous points of view on current local and global phenomena, histories, and issues,

  4. discuss about and raise awareness on positive trends and obstacles that still hamper the participation of Indigenous scholars within an arena of global academic discourse,
the exploration of past, present and future Indigenous experiences in both academic and non-academic contexts.

Times for open discussions with speakers constitute a fundamental component of the conference and will be made available to the public t specified times each day during the conference.

For specific questions about Al-Quds Open University contact Sawsan Samara or Wisam Samara at, or

For Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation contact Clark Webb at

For the UCL Centre for the Anthropology of Sustainability contact Hannah Gibbs at

For The University of Maine contact Lisa Neuman at

For questions about the Host institutions, the history of the conference and reason the conference was created contact

For information on the work of the Indigenous federal nonprofit Host NSILC, see