Indigenous Peoples of the Globe: Colonization and Adaptation
Call for Papers
Great Lakes History Conference, November 13 & 14, 2009
The 34th annual Great Lakes History Conference, sponsored by Grand Valley State University’s History Department, will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 13 & 14, 2009. The theme is “Indigenous Peoples of the Globe: Colonization and Adaptation.” Along with exchanging ideas and research, we also desire panels on innovative ways of teaching this year’s topic to students at every level.
We are pleased to welcome Sherman Alexie and Amy Lonetree (Ho-Chunk) as our keynote speakers.
Sherman Alexie will be speaking on Friday evening, November 13, 2009. Mr. Alexie is an author, poet, and screenwriter. He was named one of The New Yorker’s 20 top writers for the 21st century. The New York Times Book Review described him as “one of the major lyric voices of our time.” He has written several books including Reservation Blues, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. He wrote and produced the film, Smoke Signals.
Amy Lonetree will be the keynote speaker at noon on Saturday, November 14th. She is currently an Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her scholarly focus is on the representation of Native American history and memory in national and tribal museums. Along with Amanda J. Cobb, she has written an edited collection from her research entitled The National Museum of the American Indian: Critical Conversations (University of Nebraska Press, 2008). Amy is currently working on a manuscript exploring the complexities of the changing historical relationship between Indigenous People and museums.
At the conference, we welcome individual papers and arranged complete panels, and encourage comparative work across regions and chronological boundaries, as well as innovative presentations, including workshops or moderated discussions. If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send an abstract of approximately 200 words and your curriculum vitae to one of the e-mail addresses below. Please include your address, e-mail, and telephone number. The deadline for proposals is June 30, 2009. Those interested in commenting on a session should send a CV and indicate areas of expertise. Papers must take no longer than 30 minutes in a 2-paper session or 20 minutes in a 3-paper session. Sessions will last 90 minutes.
Conference headquarters will be at Grand Valley State University’s L.V. Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Hotel accommodations will be available at the Days Hotel of Grand Rapids which is across from the L.V. Eberhard Center. The conference is within easy walking distance to museums and restaurants. Grand Rapids is served by most major and regional airlines.
Please share this information with your colleagues and students. Address all inquiries and abstracts to:
Dr. Matthew Daley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Scott Stabler, email@example.com
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