Roundtable PROPOSAL: "Resisting Empire and Colonialization: A Methodology Roundtable"
ASA Annual Meeting, November 2012
Puerto Rico, USA
Recent early American scholarship has considered how indigenous, enslaved, and other people actively and subtly resisted and reconfigured colonial projects for empire/nation building. The emphasis of such works has not been on the colonial or metropolitan elites who crafted the projects and representative strategies of empire. Rather, it has been on themes of resistance and cultural production by the women and men governed by empire. This roundtable seeks participants from all disciplines engaged with the objects of early American studies to contribute to a discussion of method and theory for understanding resistance to empire and colonization. How do these emergent historiographies of resistance challenge the existing conceptual discretions of early American studies more generally? How might early Americanists reconceptualize our understandings of the significance of empire and colonization for American cultural formations--past and present? Proposals that consider race, gender, and/or sexuality as part of the power dynamics of empire or that explore economic status, religion, local conditions, or ethno-cultural identities as part of resistance strategies are strongly encouraged (though naming some themes is not meant to exclude other possibilities).
Abstracts of no more than 250 words for presentations of 10 minutes by January 20, 2012 to: Bryce Traister, Chair; Department of English; University of Western Ontario; London ON Canada; N5Y2S6; or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryce Traister, Chair; Department of English; University of Western Ontario; London ON Canada; N5Y2S6; or by email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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