Sovereignty and Autonomy in the Western Hemisphere: National and Regional Struggles for Power, Identity and Space–Fall 2011


Sovereignty and Autonomy in the Western Hemisphere
Literature and the Arts: Individual Identities and Hemispheric Dilemmas

For the last 500 years, the peoples of the Western Hemisphere have shared a common story. Disconnected from regular contact with Europe, Africa and Asia prior to 1492, this vast macro-region has been shaped by distinctive legacies produced by its global entanglements. Sovereignty and Autonomy in the Western Hemisphere, is a two-year initiative aimed at exploring this broad topic that has played an important role in this vast region throughout its history.

This semester the focus will be on language and expressive culture. Literary and other artistic media have played key roles in defining and asserting dominant national identities, postcolonial aspirations of modern refinement, as well as alternative expressions of national experience, sovereignty, and autonomy from subordinated groups. The rapid contemporary circulation of new genres of expressive culture through broadcast and digital media underscore the need for a more systematic macro-regional examination of literature and the arts across the Americas.

Cosponsored by: American Indian Studies Program, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Department of History, George A. Miller Endowment and Spurlock Museum

Steering Committee

Frederick Hoxie (History), CAS Professor and Resident Associate
Nils Jacobsen (History), CAS Resident Associate
Andrew Orta (Anthropology, CLACS)
Robert Warrior (American Indian Studies Program)

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Heid E. Erdrich, Inés Hernández-Avila
Indigenous Poetry and the Struggle for Sovereignty–Poetry Reading
4:00 pm
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Heid E. Erdrich, Emilio del Valle Escalante, Inés Hernández-Avila
Poetry Roundtable
12:00 pm
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui
CANCELED–The Ch’ixi Gaze: Sociology of the Image as a Decolonizing Practice
4:00pm
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Paul DeMain, Karla Palma
Roundtable on Indigenous Media
3:00 pm
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