Aanii / Boozhoo / Osiyo / Halito / Ya’at’eeh / Greetings!

Welcome to the website for the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures (ASAIL). ASAIL is a professional academic organization created to promote the study, criticism, and research of American Indian written and oral literary traditions. ASAIL holds an annual business meeting at the Native American Literature Symposium. ASAIL is an affiliate with the Modern Language Association (MLA). ASAIL sponsors panels at the MLA’s annual meeting, the Native American Literature Symposium, the AMerican Literature Association (ALA), and the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) conferences. Our conference participation, along with our journal, Studies in American Indian Literatures, ensures that members have multiple opportunities to present, publish and debate innovative research on American Indian and Aboriginal languages, literature, culture and aesthetics.

doerfler2991xxsoft ASAIL’s current membership includes leading scholars, writers, and activists committed to the interdisciplinary study and continuance of American Indian and indigenous languages, cultures, and aesthetic traditions. Whether you are a first-time visitor to our site or a long-term member of ASAIL, you will find resources here on teaching, researching and writing about American Indian and indigenous literatures. In addition, you will find information about upcoming conferences as well as Calls for Papers and current job offerings around the country. Our Association takes mentorship seriously, and to help graduate students begin their academic careers, we offer conference travel fellowships to offset expenses for students to present their research. Colleagues will find syllabi, language resources, and a community of faculty to aid their own research and teaching expertise. If you aren’t already a member, I welcome you to our website and encourage you to join ASAIL!

Jill Doerfler
ASAIL President
Associate Professor
American Indian Studies
University of Minnesota-Duluth
doerflj@d.umn.edu