On May 13 and 14, 2005, during the sesquicentennial of treaties between the United States and Indians of Washington Territory, the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest at the University of Washington and the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies at Western Washington University will host a two-day conference to consider repercussions, understandings, and representations of those and other treaties with indigenous peoples, contemporary as well historical. Meetings will take place at the University of Washington in Seattle.
The conference will provide a forum for scholars in several disciplines to discuss ongoing research and raise new questions about the significance of treaties between indigenous peoples and colonial regimes. We invite proposals for papers and presentations falling into four general areas of inquiry:
the impacts of such treaties on the definitions or identities of groups, on people’s mobility, or on power relations among various peoples;
issues arising from litigation and other legal processes concerning treaties or from contemporary treaty negotiations, including tensions between the missions of scholars and litigators;
the meanings and uses of such treaties outside legal forums, including treaties as cultural symbols;
the possibilities and limitations of international scholarly exchange regarding treaties and indigenous rights.
In order to promote discussions in depth, all papers will circulate in advance of the conference by means of a password-protected website available to registered participants. Presenters must therefore submit papers no later than April 1, 2005.
Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195-3587 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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