9 am - 5 pm
This month-long seminar for graduate students in Indigenous studies will focus on questions of memory, history, and place-making, and in particular on the ways in which land and power are negotiated through commemorations, monuments, historical narratives, government policies, and other means by both Indigenous and settler peoples. How have Indigenous communities maintained connections to territory despite the pressures of colonialism, including the construction of settler narratives of belonging (e.g. “pioneer heritage” and “local history”) and the embodied practices of dispossession and cultural genocide?
Foregrounding ongoing issues of colonialism and with an emphasis on Indigenous experience and agency, we will explore debates surrounding the production of public memory and historical landscapes by looking both at broad patterns throughout North America (and perhaps beyond) and at specific sites such as Little Bighorn National Park in Montana, the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, and a Cherokee plantation in Georgia.
In addition to the Newberry’s extensive collections, we will also use the Chicago region itself as an archive, interrogating landscapes to think about Indigenous and settler histories and practices. Locations may include the site of Fort Dearborn in the heart of Downtown, the grounds of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition on the South Side, the Field Museum, restored prairies along the North Branch of the Chicago River, and places of importance to the Chicago Indian community.
We encourage applications from students who work in and across many disciplines related to Indigenous studies: history, geography, art history, literature, anthropology, and beyond. Students will be expected to conduct research utilizing the Newberry’s collections and to produce new written work during their time in Chicago. The seminar will culminate in a graduate student conference.
Each NCAIS institution is entitled to one slot to the summer institute, which will have a maximum of fifteen participants. The selection process of each member institution’s NCAIS Summer Institute participant is according to the individual program needs and existing protocols of the member institution. Housing will be provided for free and a maximum of $500 travel expenses will be reimbursed to all participants. Students should apply directly to their NCAIS Faculty Liaison.