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

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)

Sovereignty and Autonomy in the Western Hemisphere: Indigeneity 

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 spring, the Sovereignty and Autonomy programs focus particularly on the issue of indigeneity. Taking as point of departure similarities and differences in colonial rule and nation-building strategies across the Americas, events this semester will examine contemporary discussion of indigenous rights, different models of multicultural and intercultural citizenship from across the hemisphere, as well as the increasing impact of regional and global framings of indigeneity through the work of social movements, non-governmental organizations and international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank.

These events are held in anticipation of the 2011-2012 Initiative.

All events are at the Center for Advanced Study, 912 W. Illinois Street, Urbana and will run 3:00-5:00pm unless otherwise noted.

Note: Short reading will be distributed in advance of each program. To receive copies of these readings in advance, please email hoxie@illinois to be place on the distribution list.
Wednesday, February 23 
Rudi Colloredo Mansfield, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Avenues of Autonomy: Street Protest, Self Determination and Ethnogenesis 

Wednesday, March 2 
Tiya Miles, University of Michigan
Race, Gender, and Nationalism(s) in the Native South
Commentator: L Jodi Byrd, University of Illinois
NOTE TIME CHANGE: 4:30-6:00pm

Wednesday, March 9 
Frederick Hoxie, University of Illinois
Nils Jacobsen, University of Illinois
Indigeneity and Liberal Ideology in North America and the Andes 
Commentator: Sarah Morales, University of Victoria

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Rudi Colloredo Mansfield
Avenues of Autonomy: Street Protest, Self Determination and Ethnogenesis
3:00 pm
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tiya Miles
Race, Gender, and Nationalism(s) in the Native South
4:30 pm
more info

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Gilberto Rosas, chair
Comparative Indigeneities Roundtable
3:00 pm
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Friday, April 15, 2011
Sovereignty, Autonomy and Indigeneity in the Western Hemisphere Conference
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