CFP Ethnohistory 2018: Indigenous Communities and “Civilizing” Institutions in the Colonial and Postcolonial World

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Call for Papers
February 20, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Native American History / Studies, World History / Studies

Indigenous Communities and “Civilizing” Institutions in the Colonial and Postcolonial World

I am seeking two to three participants for a panel at Ethnohistory in October 2018 (Oaxaca, Mexico).

The goal of this panel is to examine the experiences of indigenous people who encountered colonial and postcolonial institutions purporting to civilize, modernize, uplift, or assimilate them. These institutions have taken many different forms across space and time, and they have been inextricably linked to broader processes of territorial dispossession, community destruction, and cultural erasure.

This panel seeks to center indigenous voices and experiences, and address the plurality of indigenous responses to these ‘civilizing’ schemes. Ideally, papers will address some of the following questions:

  • In what ways did indigenous populations challenge, resist, navigate, comply with, or refuse to participate in these civilizing initiatives?
  • How did these institutions contribute to the creation of new networks, alliances, or identities within and across ethnic groups?
  • How have these histories of engagement been silenced in the archives as well as within historical scholarship? What strategies can we as scholars use to push back against these silences, and to what ends?
  • What has been the legacy of these institutions within family, community, and national memory?

My own research deals with indigenous displacement and forced labor in nineteenth-century Argentina. I am looking for panelists from a wide range of geographic and temporal contexts. 

Interested panelists should send an abstract and CV to by February 20, 2018.

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