CfP: „Borders: Visibe and Invisible“

Conference of the American Society for Ethnohistory, October 12 – 14, 2017, Fairmont Hotel, ᐄᐧᓂᐯᐠ Wînipêk Winnipeg, Manitoba/Canada

Located at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, the city of Winnipeg, which gets its name from the Cree word for „muddy waters“ rests near the geographic and latitudinal heart of North America on Canadian Treaty 1 lands. The long history of this place going back thousands of years is humbling given the communities of Assiniboine, Cree, Dene, Dakota, Inuit, Métis and Ojibwe who made the lakes, rivers, and prairies of Manitoba their home negotiated the first treaties following the confederation of Canada, sought Truth and Reconciliation and decided to be Idle no More. The rivers that drew Native peoples here also brought French traders to the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers in 1738, while the British sailed their trading ships into the enormous bay they named after Henry Hudson and competed with the French for Indigenous allies and environmental resources. The Selkirk settlers established the Red River colony in 1811, and the intervention of Americans favoring annexation of the region contributed to the political chaos that spawned the Métis Red River resistance whose leader, Louis Riel, resisted the confederate government of Canada and US annexation pressures to found the province of Manitoba. In recent years Winnipeg has grown to become the seventh largest city in Canada, known for its flourishing arts scene, green spaces, the Manitoba and Huston’s Bay Company Archives, the Manitoba Museum, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the New Canadian Museum of Human Rights. Winnipeg continues to remain an indigenous space with one of the highest percentages of First Nation, Innuit and Métis peoples calling it home of any major North American City; it continues to be an intersection  between Canada’s indigenous and settler cultures. 2017 will mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Conferedation. Please join us to celebrate this historical moment at a vibrant historical place.

Borderlands studies have reoriented understandings of settler and Indigenous interactions while reconsidering and complicating important links between the environment, politics, society, and culture in in-between spaces. Ethnohistorians continue to seek new methods, including incorporating oral history, literature, language revitalization, digital humanities, and community initiated projects into their scholarship in order to give voice to the stories of indigenous communities. This scholarship works to bridge the borders that continue to divide academia from communities. The American Society for Ethnohistory’s 2017 program committee encourages submission of proposals that will illuminate the visible and invisible borders created across landscapes, within societies, between cultures or political states, divide communities, and highlight the events and ideas that encourage breaking down walls and barriers as well as the bridges across borders and boundaries that seek reconciliation.

Please submit your proposal as a MS Word document to this Email address by April 30, 2017. Notifcation of the status of the submission by June 15, 2017.

Please follow the guidelines below for Individual Papers, Panles, Roundtable Discussion Panels, Film Screenings, and Poster Sessions.

Individual Paper, Poster Session, and Film Screening Proposal:
Please include with your abstract a brief, one-page curriculum vitae. When submitting your file via email to the above-mentioned address, please save the file as Lastname_Individual.docx and your CV as Lastname_CV.docx

ABSTRACT: 250 – 300 words, single-spaced
Institutional affiliation
Mailing Address and Email

Paper Panel and Roundtable Discussion Panel Proposal:
In your panel proposal please be sure to include a one-paragraph description of the panel that details the panel title, proposed Chair and Commentator for the panel, number of papers to be included in the panel, and for each of the participants submit the abstracts of individual paper proposals. For the files submittes, please save the entire panel proposal (including individual abstracts and panel description) with the Organizer’s Last name as Lastname_Panel.docx and then includ ebrief one-page CVs for each  participant in one document with the Organizer’s Last name as Lastname_CV.docx

Institutional Affiliation
Mailing Address and Email

Audivisual Equipment: All breakout rooms at the Fairmont Hotel will include a computer LCD projector and screen. Plese make sure to bring your presentation with you on a flash drive and please make sure to let the prgram organizers (Cary Miller) know if you need further equipment for a film screening.

Program Committe:
Cary Miller, University of Manitoba
Rebecca Kugel, University of California-Riverside
Lucy Murphy, Ohio State University
Jennifer Brown, University of Winnipeg (emeritus)
Regna Darnell, University of Western Ontario
Rose Stremlau, Davidson University
Jennifer Jughes, University of California-Riverside
Patricia Harms, Brandon University
Nicole St. Onge, University of Ottawa

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