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Rethinking Land and Language: Dialogues in Early American and Indigenous Studies

04/26/2013 at 2:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Native histories and cultures increasingly have become central to the study of early America. This year, the American Studies and Early American History and Culture Seminars of the University Seminars at Columbia University have organized a symposium that aims to take stock of new work being done by scholars at the intersection of the two fields. Specifically, “Rethinking Land and Language: Dialogues in Early American and Indigenous Studies” focuses on innovative scholarship being done to rethink the concepts of land and language from native studies-influenced perspectives. The conference organizers chose these two concepts because of their centrality to classic studies of native communities and European-native interactions. They also continue to remain important in recent studies of colonialism, territorial possession and dispossession, native sovereignty, communication, and cultural exchange. The symposium will examine these topics via two roundtables, one on “Land” and the other on “Language.” Roundtable participants will each speak briefly before engaging in wider conversation with each other and the audience.


2:00-2:15 pm: Welcome/arrival

2:15-2:30 pm: Opening remarks

2:30-4:15 pm: Land
Christian Ayne Crouch (Bard College, History)
John Gamber (Columbia University, English and Comparative Literature, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race)
Elizabeth W. Hutchinson (Barnard College, Art History and Archaeology)
J. Kēhaulani Kauanui (Wesleyan University, American Studies, Anthropology)
Coll Thrush (University of British Columbia, History)
Moderator: Karl Jacoby (Columbia University, History)

4:15-4:45 pm: Coffee/tea break

4:45-6:30 pm: Language
Birgit Brander Rasmussen (Yale University, American Studies, Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program)
Céline Carayon (Salisbury University, History)
Karen Kupperman (New York University, History)
Andrew Newman (Stony Brook University, English)
Caroline Wigginton (Rutgers-New Brunswick, American Studies)
Moderator: James Merrell (Vassar College, History)

6:30-7:30 pm: Reception

Attendance is free and open to the public, although we do ask that you RSVP by April 19 to earlyamericanseminar@gmail.com For more information about the program, please contact one of the co-organizers: Zara Anishanslin (College of Staten Island/City University of New York, History), Julie Chun Kim (Fordham University, English), and Cristobal Silva (Columbia University, English and Comparative Literature).

Co-sponsored by the American Studies Seminar and the Early American History & Culture Seminar of the University Seminars at Columbia University


2:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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