CfP: “Habsburg Encounters with Native America,” University of Innsbruck, June 22-23, 2023. (Deadline: Jan 15, 2023)

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The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, together with the University of Innsbruck, invites abstracts of 250-300 words that address the topic of “Habsburg Encounters with Native America” for a two-day conference to be held on 22-23 June 2023 in Innsbruck, Austria. The conference keynote speaker is Robbie Richardson (Princeton University, Pabineau First Nation, Mi’kmaw, New Brunswick, Canada).

The conference aims to present leading scholarship on indigenous peoples and to bring this into dialogue with research on the former Habsburg lands.

Of particular interest to the organizers are papers that contribute to the following topics, “Science, Knowledge and Representation of Native America,” "Material Cultures in Habsburg-Native American Relations,” “Central Europe and the Spanish Americas,” “Religious Contexts,” and “Linguists and Linguistics.” Abstracts addressing other issues will be considered. We are also especially keen to facilitate exchanges and build networks between senior scholars and early postgraduate researchers.

Organizers will cover travel to Innsbruck and accommodation during the conference event. Selected conference papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Austrian-American History. The conference language will be English.

Please submit 250-300 word abstracts that directly speak to the conference topic, along with a brief biographic statement, to Michael Burri (mburri@haverford.edu) and Jonathan Singerton (j.o.w.singerton@uva.nl) by 15 January 2023. Notifications for accepted papers will be sent by mid-February.