Roundtable: What’s Postcolonial about (Settler) Colonial America?

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October 4, 2021
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Atlantic History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, World History / Studies

Just over twenty years ago, Michael Warner challenged early American scholars to engage the question, “What’s colonial about colonial America?”  This 2.5-hour roundtable picks up this thread a generation later to ask what might be gained analytically from applying a postcolonial lens to the early United States.  This panel asks what are the tensions, resonances, and antagonisms between postcolonial theory and settler colonial theory?  How might a framework that applies postcolonialism to the US be useful for revising our image of the US past?  And how might including the US among postcolonial nations be useful for revising our view of “postcolonial/ism”? 


Short presentations will be succeeded by open conversation.


Emilie Connolly (Brandeis University)

Eliga Gould (University of New Hampshire)

Michael Hattem (Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute)

Fabrício Prado (College of William and Mary)

Kariann Akemi Yokota (University of Colorado Denver)


Chair and Comment by Jessica Choppin Roney and R. Harvey Neptune (Temple University)



This event is sponsored by the Temple Early Atlantic Seminar (TEAS), made possible by the Temple History Department.

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