Call for Papers: Intimacy and Interaction The 2020 Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory

Though this call does not mention archives, it may be of interest to those who work with tribal collections.

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Intimacy and Interaction

The 2020 Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory

Durham, North Carolina

The program committee of the 2020 ASE conference invites submissions for the annual meeting to take place on November 4-8, 2020 in downtown Durham, North Carolina.  We invite panel proposals on any topic related to ethnohistory and especially within this year’s theme: Intimacy and Interaction.  The program committee encourages thematic panels that include perspectives from both North and Latin America, as well as panels that include perspectives from other areas of the world.

As you think about the topic of Intimacy and Interaction, we note that the re-structuring to which this CFP refers includes religious ceremonialism, language, re-adjustments of spatial configurations of families and communities, and the simple exigencies of material and cultural survival. We ask you to consider such questions as: How have indigenous peoples structured notions of intimacy and intimate relationships? How have colonial rule, settler colonialism, and empire formation forced a restructuring of intimate interactions between people both within indigenous communities and between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples? How have extended families, family networks, and communities been altered or disrupted (often violently) by colonial and neocolonial forces? How has the law been used to alter, limit, control, or outlaw intimate relationships within indigenous societies or between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples? How have capitalism, neoliberalism, globalization and other institutional forces altered notions of intimate relationships among indigenous peoples? How have indigenous and non-indigenous peoples responded to these structural forces?

We will consider proposals for multiple formats including panels, roundtables, and public workshops, but we strongly encourage creativity, moving beyond the typical 20-minute paper presentation format. We also strongly encourage individuals who have paper ideas to get together with others through various forums in order to meet other people working on related topics.  If you are thinking about an individual paper, please post on H-AmIndian, H-LatAm, H-Borderlands, or similar listservs to find others who are interested in presenting related papers.

If you have any questions about proposals, please email the program committee assistant at ethnohistory@duke.edu.

Please note that panels can consist of three to four papers, while roundtables and “working-groups/workshops” can be more loosely formatted by each organizer, but all need to adhere to each session’s 90-minute time slot.  Please ensure your proposal has a designated chair.  You may include a separate commentator before audience discussion, or you may designate the panel chair as commentator or discussion facilitator.  To maximize time for audience discussion, we ask papers to be 15-20 minutes (in a three-paper panel) or 10-15 minutes (in a 4-paper panel), with formal commentary no longer than 5 minutes.  Complete panel proposals with a chair and/or a commentator are preferred, but individual paper proposals will also be considered.

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2020

For each submission, organizers need to include:

  1. The session’s title
  2. Organizer’s name, title, and institutional affiliation
  3. Participant’s names, titles, and institutional affiliations

In addition, for each type of session listed below, the organizer must submit the relevant material:

  • Panels: panel abstract, titles and abstracts of all papers, abstracts not to be longer than 150 words
  • Roundtables: 300 word description of the topic and goals of the discussion
  • Working-groups/workshops: 300 word description of the topic and goals of the workshop

To submit, please have all required documentation collated into a single pdf file, named with the last name of the session’s organizer. It is not necessary to register for the conference in order to have a paper or panel accepted. Once papers and panels are accepted, however, each participant must register as an ASE member.

Email all proposals to: ethnohistory@duke.edu

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