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Arrows of Time: Narrating the Past and Present
39th American Indian Workshop
Call for Papers

(Ghent University, April 10-13, 2018)

The American Indian Workshop was founded in 1980 at the Amsterdam Meeting of the European Association for American Studies. There were nine participants at the first meeting, but the AIW has since become the largest conference in Europe for researchers concerned with topics related to the Native Peoples of North America. The AIW also draws scholars from across the globe, working in diverse disciplines such as history, literature, anthropology, ethnology, art history, gender studies, museology, ethnomusicology, religion, law, linguistics, political science, cultural studies, philosophy, Canadian and American Studies, Native American Studies, Inuit Studies, and performance studies as well as communication and media studies. As such, the AIW provides an important platform for both established academics and young scholars for sharing their expertise, and benefiting form critical engagement. The 39th edition of the AIW, titled “Arrows of Time: Narrating the Past and Present,” will be held in Ghent, Belgium. It is being hosted by Ghent University, and is being sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, the History Department, Institute for Early Modern History, and TAPAS – Thinking About The Past. The organizers want to explore the theme of 'the past' on three related fronts.

Firstly, the organizers would particularly like to highlight the historical connections –political, cultural, and academic – between the Low Countries, modern day Belgium and the Netherlands, and the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Interest in Early Modern Indigenous interactions with the Dutch in New Amsterdam is growing, but some lesser-known intersections have recently begun to draw wider attention. For example, in 2016, Ghent played host to a popular exhibition on Father Pieter-Jan de Smet and his mission to the Americas. At the same time, the city’s football team came under fire for its use of an ‘Indian’ logo and mascots, giving rise to debate regarding its origins and appropriateness. Other connections, such as Margaret of Austria’s collection of artefacts from the New World kept at her court in Mechelen, or Frans Olbrecht’s fieldwork among the Eastern Cherokee, have garnered comparatively little scholarly attention.

Secondly, the 2018 AIW organizers invite contributions that problematize the uses and notions of ‘history,’ especially with reference to present day conflicts. This a very timely subject as the contested past is increasingly coming to the fore in the contested present. For example, the Idle No More and NoDAPL movements of the last five years rely heavily on the relatively recent past in their discourses about the present, and projected/envisioned/anticipated futures. Meanwhile, research published in Nature in 2017 that may push the peopling of the Americas back by 100,000 years has ignited a firestorm of controversy among the scientific community, and it may well become more widespread. The Clovis First and Bering Strait Land Bridge theories already play a prominent role in public discourses regarding ‘indigeneity’ in North America, and the possible impact of these new findings on ongoing debates remains to be seen. Additionally, there is growing interest in how non-Western and syncretic communities conceptualize such notions as ‘the past.’

Thirdly, the organizers wish to explore the pedagogical and institutional side of history. The decolonization of academia is starting to gain traction, with increased discussion among educational policy makers on how to diversify curricula. How can this be achieved with reference to secondary and university history classes without trivializing the subject material and how can these topics be presented to a wider audience? Additionally, how can we accomplish the decolonization of the past within academia itself – especially in light of the recent controversies surrounding appointments at Dartmouth and elsewhere?

Papers are welcome from any field on any topic relating to history and the Native Peoples of North America. However, priority will be given to those that also address the 2018 conference’s central themes. The organizers particularly wish to invite submissions for paper, panels, and poster presentations on – but not limited to – the following subjects: 

  • Contested histories
  • Discourses on the past in function of present conflict
  • Low Countries connections
  • Reception and representation of the past
  • Time and history as concepts
  • Memory communities
  • Practices of history
  • Philosophies of history
  • Decolonizing academia, and the field of ‘history’ in particular
  • Decolonizing museums
  • Pedagogies of history and decolonizing classrooms

The submission deadline for paper/panel proposals is December 15, 2017. The submission deadline for poster proposals is January 31, 2018. Paper/panel presenters will be notified of acceptance by January 15, 2018, and poster presenters by February 15, 2018. Proposals for papers/panels and posters (max. 400 words) should be submitted together with a short biography (max. 250 words) to ThomasDonald.Jacobs@ugent.be.

 

More than mere Spectacle: Inaugurations and Coronations in the Habsburg Monarchy, 1700-1848 
(Universiteit Gent, 15-16 september 2016)

Dit internationale congres belicht vanuit historische, rechtshistorische en kunsthistorische hoek de politieke betekenis van inhuldigingen en kroningen en de bijhorende Te Deums, blijde intredes, artilleriesalvo's en andere festiviteiten in de 18e en vroege 19e eeuw. Aan de hand van nieuw onderzoek wordt toegelicht welk staatkundig belang deze ceremoniën hadden, welke ritueel-symbolische boodschappen de deelnemers probeerden te verspreiden, hoe zij deze ceremoniën benutten om belangen te behartigen en eisen door te drukken, en hoe deze inhuldigingen en kroningen steeds opnieuw aan de actualiteit werden aangepast. Daarbij komt onder andere de impact van verlichte ideeën, van de democratische revoluties en van opkomend nationalisme aan bod.    
 
Meer informatie over de invalshoeken, het programma en de gegevens voor aanmelding kunnen worden gevonden op: morethanmerespectacle.wordpress.com

 

 

Meeting
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
STAM
Doctorandi Present Their Research

 

Program

10:15-10:30      
Reception with coffee and tea

10:30-11:00      
Michiel Van Dam, "La révolution des temps: historiografie en politiek in de pamfletliteratuur tijdens de Brabantse Omwenteling (1787-1790)"

11:00-11:30      
Marjolein Schepers, "Poor migrants or strange labourers? Rural-urban relations in migration regulation in eighteenth century Flanders"

11:30-12:00      
Nick Van den Broeck, "Paying for deservedness? Poor relief administration, entitlement and local economies in the Southern Low Countries, 1750-1830"

12:00-13:00     
Lunch

13:00-13:30      
Wim De Winter, "Perspectieven voor een vergelijkende cultuurgeschiedenis van de Oostendse Compagnie's interacties in Bengalen en China"

13:30-14:00      
Ans Vervaeke
, "To litigate or not? The accessibility and use of civil courts in the Franc of Bruges during the eighteenth century"

14:00-14:30      
Thomas Jacobs, "Manasseh ben Israel vs. William Prynne: negotiating Jewish identity in public discourse and public policy under Cromwell"

Following the presenations, there will be an opportunity to visit the STAM

Participation is free, but please register before Monday, January 25, with Michael Limberger: Michael.Limberger@UGent.be

 

 

Publication (2014) Tribute, Trade and Smuggling

Tribute, Trade and Smuggling

 

Contents

Publication (2014) A Constellation of Courts. The Courts and Households of Habsburg Europe, 1555-1665

A Constellation of Courts. The Courts and Households of Habsburg Europe, 1555-1665

 

 

Publication (2012) Een inleiding tot de geschiedenis van de Vroegmoderne Tijd. Herwerkt.

Voorblad: Een inleding tot de geschiedenis van de Vroegmoderne Tijd, Herwerkt

 

Contents and Foreword

 

Meeting

Friday, April 26, 2013, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Campus Etterbeek
Room 5C402 

Program

9:45    Reception with coffee and tea 
10:00  Jean-Charles Speeckaert: "Les ambassadeurs de France à Bruxelles dans la seconde moitié du XVIIIe siècle: pratiques et réseaux. La construction d’une relation pacifiée"
10:20  Vicky Vanruysseveldt: “Rondtrekkende artiesten in Brabant in de tweede helft van de 18de eeuw”
10:40  Discussion
11:10  Shipé Guri: “Les hôtels aristocratiques à Bruxelles au XVIIe siècle”
11:30  Boris Horemans: “De Brusselse bouwsector in de zeventiende en de achttiende eeuw”
11:50  Discussion
12:30  Lunch in Le Mess

 

Publication (2011) Agentes e Identidades en Movimiento

Contents and Introduction