Call for Panel Participants for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, 30 September - 4 October 2009
Colonial Origins, Modern Controversies:
The Shadow of the Pre-Independence Past on Contemporary Ethnic Identities and Rights Movements
In Latin America, contemporary indigenous struggles and questions of identity are often shaped by colonial and early national documents, from religious texts to legal instruments. Many of the same questions of ethnic and racial identity, treatment of native groups, linguistic barriers, and controversies that confronted native groups and colonial administrators in the first years following contact, persist into the present. Documents, policies, and approaches from the pre-independence era serve as relevant precedents in more cases than is often recognized. Many controversies resurface only after centuries of relative obscurity. We hope to attract as wide a variety of backgrounds to have a comparative perspective, crossing divides between disciplines. An ideal panel would include scholars concentrating on Canada, the United States, and both North and South America. The proposed panel is an attempt to examine recurrent themes from as broad a geographic range as possible, within the Americas.
The panel seeks submissions that deal with religion, the environment, racial and ethnic identity, and gender issues. Potential topics for papers might include but are not limited to the following:
- relevance of colonial treaties for tribal recognition and other current controversies.
- government attempts to eliminate native languages, past and present.
- the study and use of native languages for purposes of proselytizing by religious movements.
- rights to interpreters and legal representation, then and now.
- the relevance of colonial-era documents to current controversies over land, water, hunting, and fishing rights.
We welcome submissions from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds and geographic specializations. Please send a 150-word abstract and brief cv with current contact information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of History and Geography
P.O. Box 42531
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, LA 70504-2531
(337) 482-5324 Email: email@example.com
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