Call for Panelists: "Conflicted Histories: Midwestern Indian Struggles over Identity and Sovereignty," for Midwestern History Conference 2020
I am seeking participants for a panel at the 2020 Midwestern History Conference that will be held from May 12-13, 2020 at the Grand Valley State University campus in Grand Rapids, MI. The panel theme explores ethnic factionalism within and among Midwestern Indian nations over questions of cultural identity and indigenous sovereignty. This panel would comprise papers informed by the following broadly construed questions: How was cultural identity constructed or reconstructed among Indian nations originally located in the Midwest, and how did Native individuals, bands, and families conform to or deviate from traditional tribal culture? How did various ideas concerning cultural identity play into conceptualizations of tribal sovereignty? What strategies did Native Americans in the Midwest use to assert and protect their sovereignties from outside threats? What role did conflict and diplomacy play in determining indigenous tribal sovereignty in the Midwest?
My paper focuses on intratribal factionalism in the War of 1812-era Ohio Valley. Specifically, I will focus on how intratribal factions within Ohio Valley Indian nations maintained their culturally constructed conceptualizations of sovereignty through a variety of alliance-building strategies that extended beyond the Treaty of Ghent and the end of the War of 1812.
If you are interested presenting a paper on this panel, please email a 250-500 word abstract and a one-page CV to John Peyton at email@example.com by no later than December 26, 2019.