Tribal Fantasies: Native Americans in the European Imagination 1900-present
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Native Americans in the European Imagination 1900-present
This collection aims to investigate European re-imaginings of Indigenous American peoples and cultures in the last century. We invite abstracts of 250-350 words on any such re-imagining, including (but by no means restricted to):
• Depictions of tribal/indigenous culture and/or religion in European literature, art and film
• Images of the Native in 20th century philosophy
• “American Indian hobbyist” movements
• Use of tribal/indigenous imagery in political movements
• The Ostern / Red Western
• The influence of tribal/indigenous design on European fashion
• Native American cartoons
• Native Americans as symbol of American hegemony
• Native Americans as symbol of resistance to American hegemony
• The New Age industry
• Tribal rhythms in popular music
The history of European appropriation of Indigenous lands and cultures in the Americas is long and frequently bloody. In the twentieth century, however, as European countries ceased to have formal colonial interests in the Americas, so direct contact between Native and European largely ceased. But the image of the Native American, as much a product of the colonial imagination as any deep understanding of the disparate indigenous cultures of the Americas, has proved enduring.
We welcome contributions from all European countries and would be particularly interested in transnational or trans-European articles.
Essays will be 6,000-8,000 words, referenced MLA endnote style.
Please send abstracts to both James Mackay at email@example.com and David Stirrup at D.F.Stirrup@kent.ac.uk, by Monday, September 29th, 2008.
James Mackay - firstname.lastname@example.org
David Stirrup - D.F.Stirrup@kent.ac.uk
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