University Libraries, center launch new indigenous knowledge journal

March 27, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK) and the Penn State University Libraries have launched a new peer reviewed publication, IK: Other Ways of Knowing. This is an open access online journal edited by Helen Sheehy, head of the Social Sciences Library and Donald W. Hamer Maps Library; Amy Paster, head of the Life Sciences Library; and Audrey Maretzki, professor emerita at Penn State.

The new journal replaces the former ICIK E-News and will be hosted on the University Libraries Open Journal System. Readers can register at and receive an announcement when new issues are available.

Some issues of the new publication will focus on a topical or thematic subject that will allow readers to explore in-depth, critical issues of indigenous knowledge (IK) and indigenous peoples. Other issues will include the research results from student recipients of the Marjorie Grant Whiting Research Awards, book reviews and news about ICIK activities. Unlike other publications on indigenous knowledge that focus on specific disciplines or regions, this new publication will take a global perspective and engage the issues related to IK in all disciplines and across all geographies. The first issue is guest edited by Judy Bertonazzi, of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, who selected the theme “Storytelling and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” Bertonazzi has a doctorate in English literature and criticism, and has written and presented extensively on indigenous rights issues.

“We hope this journal will provide an outlet for indigenous community members and the scholarly community to exchange ideas and engage in meaningful conversations about the richness IK can bring to our collective understanding of the world around us,” said Sheehy.

“We will actively encourage and solicit submissions from indigenous peoples as well as from academics, students and those outside the academy who are interested in contributing an article, photo, poem or statement related to a selected topic or theme,” she said.

For more information about the journal, contact the editors at (Sheehy) and (Paster).

Last Updated July 23, 2015