North America, the West, and the Asia/Pacific zone have always been and are still characterized by a constant practice of "exchange" in
many different ways and in a wide variety of sectors.
The general goal of this symposium is to examine how exchanges manage
to bridge social, economic, political and cultural gaps in these regions,how a sense of togetherness could be built where only emptiness and differences seemed to prevail.
Exchanges are an integral part of the history of the American West as well as of the Asia-Pacific area. Their practice is congruent with the
geographical features of the region, with its wide range of ethnic and
One will attempt to produce a typology of the practices and of the
representations of "exchanges", taken as markers of social and intellectual life, to investigate the forms which exchanges may take in daily life, to see how they participate in imaginary constructs, to observe particularly the part they may play in political or literary discourse.
Among possible topics to be dealt with :
Ecological and biological exchanges (contacts between man and nature or between human societies at different stages of development (e.g. Columbian exchange).
Ethnic exchanges : encounters between natives and "visitors",that relate to conquests, colonization, migrations, etc.
Means of transport as agents of exchange, from the days of discovery to mass tourism.
Urban areas and borderlands as notorious places for exchanges.
The refusal to exchange : ghettos, enclaves, xenophobic discourse.
Political and economic exchanges : empire-making, nationalism,
jigoism, trade (trade posts and harbors), blocs and alliances (NAFTA,
ASEAN, APEC, FTAA, and others), technology transfer, brain-drain, economic regions vs. World trade.
Intercultural exchanges : between exclusion and assimilation,
artistic expressions (literature, visual arts, architecture, etc.) as
representations of or militant calls for exchanges.
Friday, December 7th, 2001 - Salle des Actes
1:30 p.m. Registration
2:00 Welcome address by Professor Georges Molinié, President of the University of Paris IV - Sorbonne.
2:15 Keynote lecture : Professor Elliott West, Department of History, University of Arkansas
3:00 Workshop 1 : Managing exchange - Trade and Migrations
(Chair : Professor André Kaspi, University of Paris 1)
Carl Abbott (Editor, Pacific Historical Review, Portland State University) : Crossing the Long Northern Border: Rhetoric and Reality in the Cascadian Region of Western North America
Aissatou Sy-Wonyou (University of Rouen) : Le traité de Burlingame : matérialisation politique du mythe du marché asiatique
Stefano Luconi (University of Florence) : Bill Clinton and US Economic Relations in the Pacific Area: the President as Corporate Salesman
Stephanie Le Menager (University of California, Santa Barbara) : Narratives from Nowhere : The Problem of " Placing " Far Western Trade
Isabelle Vagnoux (University of Provence) : Les Echanges économiques à la frontière Mexique / Etats-Unis
6:00 Cocktail : Department of English
Saturday, December 8th, 2001
9:00 a.m. Keynote lecture : Paul De Deckker, Professor of Anthropology, President of the University of New Caledonia, Nouméa.
10:00 Workshop 2 - Salle des Actes - Institutionalizing exchange
(Chair : Professor Elliott West, University of Arkansas)
Todd Andrew Needham (University of Michigan) : Power Lines: Urban/Hinterland Exchange and Native Sovereignty in the US Southwest
William Farr (University of Montana, Missoula) : "'Going to Buffalo:' The Collaboration between Western Indians and the United States Army."
Tom Romero (University of Colorado, Boulder) : Land, Culture and Legal Exchange in Colorado's Mountains Plains & Deserts
Gundars Rudzitis (University of Idaho) : Resource Management Conflicts in the West
Workshop 3 - Salle des Commissions - Mediating Exchange, the feminine perspective
(Chair : Virginia Scharff, University of New Mexico)
Pablo Ramirez (University of Michigan) : Romance and Manifest Destiny: Establishing Property Boundaries by Crossing Cultural Boundaries
Linda Hall (University of New Mexico) : The Virgin Mary and Hispanic Migration to the United States
Aaron Di Franco (University of California, Davis) : The Practice & Consequence of Compassion in Gary Snyder's "An Offering for Tara"
Virginia Scharff (University of New Mexico) : Seeking Sacagawea
Workshop 4 - Salle F 362 - Mismanaging exchange : patterns of assimilation and refusal
(Chair : Pierre Lagayette, University of Paris IV-Sorbonne)
Caiomihn O'Fearghail (Northern Arizona University) : Cultural Creolization: An Emerging Theory of Intercultural Exchange
Pascale Smorag (University of Besançon) : Monterey Park, California : " I don't feel at home any more "
William Wei (University of Colorado, Boulder) : Inter-ethnic Competition and Conflict in the American West: the Anti-Chinese Movement
Jean-Claude Redonnet (University of Paris IV-Sorbonne) : "L'époque où l'Australie refusait l'échange avec l'Asie: ce que nous apprend le débat parlementaire sur l'Immigration Restriction Act de 1901".
2:00 p.m. Workshop 5 - Salle des Actes - Idealizing and fictionalizing contact
(Chair : Jean-Robert Rougé, Emeritus, University of Paris IV-Sorbonne)
Ronald Jenn (University of Bordeaux 3) : Twain et l'Asie/Pacifique, discours de l'échange et/ou de l'exclusion
Gerhard Grytz (Idaho State University, Pocatello) : Exchanges on a Different Ground? German-American Indian Relations in 19th century Arizona
Deborah Kertesz (University of Paris 3) : Les rapports ambigus de l'homme et de la nature dans The Thin Red Line de Terrence Malick
Bud Coleman (University of Colorado, Boulder) : "Chop Suey" or Fusion? The Contradictory Worlds in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song
Kella Svetich (University of California, Davis) : "Why was America so kind and yet so cruel?": Carlos Bulosan's Paradoxical America
Workshop 6 - Salle F 362 - Expansion and communication
(Chair : Margaret Sankey, University of Sydney)
Jim McVey (University of North Carolina, Charlotte) : Looking Through the Puka : A Natural History of Hawai'i
Diana Ahmad (University of Missouri, Rolla) : The West Does Not End in California Anymore: Manifest Destiny and American Samoa
Annick Foucrier (University of Paris 13) : L'approvisionnement des établissements français d'Océanie (1842-1850)
Marie-Christine Michaud (University of Bretagne-Sud) : L'Ouest américain : source d'échange ou d'expansionnisme ?
4:30 Roundtable - Salle des Commissions - " Reconciliation " (" L'idée de réconciliation dans les sociétés multiculturelles du Commonwealth " - Programme de l'Agrégation d'Anglais 2002). Organized by Jean-Claude Redonnet (University of Paris IV-Sorbonne)
6:00 End of Conference
Prof. Pierre Lagayette
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University of paris IV-Sorbonne
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