2006 American Indian Workshop: A 3-day Conference on Place and Native American History, Literature and Culture held at The University of Wales, Swansea, UK. Plenary speakers: Alan Trachtenberg (Yale University), Deborah Madsen (University of Geneva, Bruce Johansen (University of Nebraska), David Murray (University of Nottingham)
All scholars and interested professionals welcome. Please send abstracts to email@example.com by 15th January and register by 20th February 2006.
The latest research on the interrelationships between place and Native American history, literature and culture will be presented at the 2006 American Indian Workshop. A buffet and performance of Welsh Oral Tradition from The Merlin Theatre Company is scheduled for the evening of the 29th March as well as a conference dinner at The Mermaid Restaurant, Mumbles for the evening of 30th March (the costs of these events are included within the conference fee of £193).
Papers and attendees are invited from across disciplines. It is envisaged that the conference theme will bring together research from American Studies, American history, geography, sociology, anthropology and English Literature. Researchers working in Native community development and within the museum community are also welcome.
Keynote speakers include Alan Trachtenberg (Yale University), Deborah Madsen (University of Geneva), Bruce Johansen (University of Nebraska) and David Murray (University of Nottingham)
Performance of Welsh Oral Tradition from the Merlin Theatre Company
Optional delegate’s 3-hour round trip to the Gower Peninsula including Worm’s Head and Rhossilli beach [the UK’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty].
Place in Native American history, literature and culture
Place has been described as space invested with meaning through lived experience and also as something defined by its construction rather than its borders. Native American Studies has been at the forefront of increasing our awareness that, as Robert M. Nelson puts it, “the life of the land and human life at their best are inseparable”.
With these ideas in mind, contributors are invited to produce papers on any aspect of place as it connects to Native America across time. All proposals are warmly welcomed but it is hoped that contributors will find the following list of themes suggestive:
Indian identity and context
Cultural tradition and the particularities of landscape
Land and spirit
Indian Authors and landscape
“Placelessness” and ethnicity
The economics of place in Indian country
Alienation/ trauma/healing/regeneration and landscape
Ecology and Native American Studies
Territory, place, sovereignty
Visibility and the creation of Indian place in history/literature/art
Mythical space and place
Time and place in Indian history/literature/culture
Language, the body, spatial values
Place and gender/sexuality
Homes and Homelands
Please submit abstracts of not more than 250 words by 15th January to Dr Joy Porter, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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