Friday, April 23, 2010

Call for papers: Exploring the Red Atlantic

PRESS RELEASE -- The Institute of Native American Studies (“INAS”) at the University of Georgia (“UGA”) invites submissions of paper proposals for the conference “Exploring the Red Atlantic” to be held at the University of Georgia November 12-13, 2010.
In a forthcoming article in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Jace Weaver defines the Red Atlantic as the movement of western hemisphere indigenes and indigenous wealth, ideas, and technology around the Atlantic basin from 1000 C.E. to 1800. From the earliest moments of European/Native contact in the Americas to 1800 and beyond, Indians were central to the Atlantic experience. Native resources, ideas, and peoples themselves traveled the Atlantic with regularity and became among the most basic components of Atlantic cultural exchange. Moreover, Europeans and colonists defined themselves by comparison with and in opposition to Natives. They even sought indigeneity in hybridized identities, as reflected in works of literature like The Female American and Susanna Rowson’s Reuben and Rachel.
We invite submissions on any aspect of the Red Atlantic from its beginnings to 1900. Submissions may reflect any disciplinary perspective. A small amount of funds is available to support travel. Funds will be awarded competitively, and preference will be given to graduate students. Abstracts should be typed double-spaced and be no more than 250 words. They should be sent to before September 17, 2010. Notifications will be made before October 1.