2016 NCAIS Summer Institute | Newberry

2016 NCAIS Summer Institute

Symbolic Petition of Chippewa, 1851, The Newberry Library, Ayer 250 .S3h.

Writing Indigenous Histories: Print, Material, and Digital Sites of Memory
Monday, July 11, 2016Saturday, August 6, 2016

Newberry Library

Prof. Kathleen Washburn, University of New Mexico; Prof. Kelly Wisecup, Northwestern University
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
NCAIS Summer Institute

This institute will explore Indigenous practices of history, focusing in particular on the ways that Indigenous writers utilize and transform print, material, and digital forms to represent the intricate connections between memory and place. We will engage with many of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century histories held in the Newberry’s collections (by writers such as William Apess, Andrew J. Blackbird, the Black Horse ledger, David Cusick, Simon Pokagon, and others); geographic, material, and digital sites of memory; and work by contemporary writers and scholars. The institute takes histories by Native American and Indigenous writers as an opportunity to investigate: 1) relationships among history, place, and materiality; 2) how print offered new avenues for circulating historical accounts; and 3) the various social, cultural, commemorative, and activist uses to which writers put representations of history. We will read texts and documents alongside places and materials of memory, including the Field Museum, Chicago’s Indian Boundary Park, and the American Indian Center of Chicago, with the goal of understanding the different locations in which histories reside. In addition, we will ask how Native and Indigenous histories relate to and/or complicate colonial ones, especially those in museums and archives. Emphasizing Indigenous writers’ agency and Native historical, material, and textual practices, we will explore ongoing debates and interdisciplinary scholarship about the politics of memory; historical trauma; sovereignty; and decolonization.

We aim to create an interdisciplinary conversation that draws on literary and historical studies, indigenous archaeology, museum studies, public history, and the history of the book, and we accordingly welcome applicants with interests in this topic from a diverse range of disciplines. We envision that Anthropology and Archeology students will be introduced to a range of material and place-based forms of memory keeping; History, Literature, and American Studies students will have the opportunity to study a range of historical genres and visual and textual formats. The interdisciplinary focus of the course will encourage all students to reflect on the archives, bodies of evidence, rhetorical practices, and models of history that circulate in their respective fields of training/expertise.

Faculty: Prof. Kathleen Washburn, University of New Mexico; Prof. Kelly Wisecup, Northwestern University

Institute Participants:

Aaron Luedtke, Michigan State University

Geoff Bil, University of British Columbia

Matthew Tettleton, University of Colorado - Boulder

Leo Baskatawang, University of Manitoba

Samantha Majhor, University of Minnesota

Lee Hanover, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Indian Real Young, University of New Mexico

Misty Penuelas, University of Oklahoma

Madison Heslop, University of Washington

Avis Garcia, University of Wyoming

Anya Montiel, Yale University

Cory Simon, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Kristen Simmons, University of Chicago

Beverly Smith, University of Illinois

Cost and Registration Information 

The Summer Institute is only available to graduate students in NCAIS-affiliated institutions