One of the significant developments in Atlantic historiography over the past few decades has been the quickly expanding knowledge, on the part of historians as well as linguists, of the languages native to the peoples of the Americas. The purpose of the Conference is to consider the consequences of this knowledge for significant lines of interpretation of the history of the European conquest and exploitation of the Americas. The presentations and discussions will focus on specific languages and regions, chiefly in the colonial period, and will consider also what contemporary Europeans actually knew of indigenous languages, how realistic or fanciful their knowledge was.
There will be presentations in the morning and afternoon on Saturday, March 28, and on Sunday morning, March 29 by historians who are familiar with and have used one or more of the indigenous languages in their work. Speakers include:
Kathleen Bragdon, College of William and Mary
Alan Durston, York University
Edward Gray, Florida State University
Rebecca Horn, University of Utah
Matthew Restall, Penn State University
Frank Salomon, University of Wisconsin
David Silverman, George Washington University
Kevin Terraciano, UCLA
General discussion will follow each session. Lunch will be provided on Saturday and a reception will follow the afternoon session.
Attendance at the Conference and participation in the discussion are open to the academic community. Historians at the beginning of their careers are especially encouraged to attend. Travel and accommodation will be the responsibility of attendees, though the Conference can provide local lodging information.
Registration for this Conference is required.
To register, or for more information on the speakers and topics, please visit our website at www.fas.harvard.edu/~atlantic or contact us by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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