Final program, as it will appear in print: FinalProgramAIW2018

Schedule (last updated April 6, 2018)

Tuesday, April 10

12:00-1:00, registration
Location: University Forum (UFO), Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 35 

1:00-4:00, conference opening
Prof. dr René Vermeir, Ghent University

Welcome and opening remarks

 Elizabeth James-Perry
“Mobile islands, a fluid sense of home: Wampanoag views of our lives, history and belonging(s)”
For countless generations, tribal people in modern-day Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island have been profoundly influenced equally by their homelands and home-waters.  While our ability to practice some traditions such as near shore whaling and beach harvest, extensive wampum use, and annual storytelling ceremonies may have been hampered due to colonization, wars, and missionizing,  Wampanoag people became adept at shoring up culture, preserving their values, beliefs and priorities through family lore, writings and visual clues in art and the landscape, even while participating in the new coastal economy and industrial scale whaling.  In this discussion I will look at some historic and extant tribal villages oriented towards the sea for convenient travel, lucrative trade, and to procure huge quantities of seasonal food including through annual whale hunts, and consider the way tribal ocean clan identities and responsibilities are still important today. 

Camiel Van Breedam
“Native American history and a contemporary Belgian artist: an interview”

Hendrik Pinxten, Professor Emeritus of Cultural Anthropology at Ghent University will interview Camiel Van Breedam about his work and its themes, materials, and purpose. Questions posed include: “does your work express a political statement?” And “indignation is a moral position, but not necessarily a political one, nor an artistic one: what is your view?”

Dr Lomayumtewa Ishii
“The state of Native America: cultural survival and levels of historical authoritativeness”

The State of Native America encompasses many social and cultural institutions that have a direct bearing on indigenous survival. Issues such as health, education, traditional knowledge, history, and sacred sites have been influenced by non-indigenous perspectives over time and space. The historical evolution and metamorphosis of contemporary issues is often defined by different levels of authority through history that define and articulate certainty about these issues. How can research negotiate both the western and indigenous while recognizing and highlighting these diverse perspectives? In this presentation, Dr. Ishii will provide insight into the roles that colonialism and “western tradition” research have played for indigenous communities, and how this authority has affected the current state of Native American research and issues. But more importantly, this presentation will address critical approaches that report, critique, identify, and combat the rhetorical techniques used to deny the value, authority, and legitimacy of indigenous knowledge production that has historically privileged non-indigenous knowledge, and how indigenous communities have used indigenously-based sensibilities for their cultural survival. 

7:00-9:00, reception at UGent Ethnographic Collections
Location: Het Pand, Onderbergen 1

Dr Pauline van der Zee, Ghent University
The Ethnographic Collections of Ghent University (EVUG) comprise the oldest ethnological collection in Flanders. They are almost as old as the university itself; the first objects came from Java and were acquired in 1825. The permanent display comprises about 350 objects from Africa, Oceania, Indonesia and the Americas, and the EVUG is valued in both Belgium and abroad for its uniqueness. The core of the Americas collection was formed by pieces sourced by Frans M. Olbrechts during his fieldwork among the Eastern Cherokee while working on the Swimmer Manuscript.

Wednesday, April 11

Location: Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde, Tweekerkenstraat 2

9:00-11:00, sessions 1, 2, and 3
Session 1: “Low Countries connections: Christian missions”
Location: Auditorium 0.2 Hein Picard
Moderator: Michael Limberger

Karim Michel Tiro, Xavier University
“’La bouche Belgique’ at Detroit: Fr. Pierre Potier and the Huron, 1743-1781”
Richard Hart, former Executive Director of the Institute of the North American West “Father de Smet and the Arrow Lakes”

Session 2: “Conceptualizing time and history in literature”
Location: Auditorium 0.3 André Vlerick
Moderator: Misha Verdonck

Michal Kapis, Adam Mickiewicz University
“Circular perception of time in Tomson Highway’s Kiss of the Fur Queen and Lee Maracle’s Ravensong
James Mackay, European University Cyprus
“Mapping time: re/conceptualisations of the past in Jordan Abel’s Un/Inhabited

Session 3: “Past and present perceptions of education”
Location: Classroom 0.2 Camiel De Pelsemaeker
Moderator: Amanda Wixon
Lena Rüßing, University of Cologne

“Coming to terms with the history of Indian residential schools in Canada: the example of the Exploratory Dialogues”
Birgit Hans, University of North Dakota, and Jeanne Eder-Rhodes 
“An uneasy alliance: parents, students and administrators at the Bismarck Indian School”
(read by Markus Lindner)

Juliette Billiet, Ghent University
“Political apologies: the Indian residential school system and the apologies of Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau”

11:00-11:30, coffee break

11:30-1:00, sessions 4, 5, and 6
Session 4: “Re-conceptualizing concepts: the historian, sources and time”
Location: Auditorium 0.2 Hein Picard
Moderator: Steven Vanden Broecke
Bryan C. Rindfleisch, Marquette University

“What does it mean to “decolonize one’s self” in Native American history?”
Mark van de Logt, Texas A&M University at Qatar
“The death and resurrection of Pahukatawa: genocide and religious change among nineteenth-century Pawnees”
Anna Shah Hoque, Carleton University
“Indigenous storytelling: contesting, interrupting, and intervening in the nation-building project through Historica Canada’s Heritage Minutes”
Araceli Rojas Martínez Gracida, Friedrich-Alexander University
“Natural, cyclical and sacred time among the Ayöök people of Oaxaca, Mexico”

Session 5: “Arrows of racism: from past to present,” panel
Location: Auditorium 0.3 André Vlerick
Moderator: Robert Keith Collins
Helen C. Rountree, Old Dominion University

“Mongrel scholars”: some academics’ race to slander triracial people in 1920s Virginia”
John A. Strong, Long Island University
“Miss-measuring the Unkechaugs: a case study of eugenics, race, and Indian identity in America”
Renate Bartl, University of Munich
“Multi-ethnic groups of New Netherlands origin claiming Indian ancestry”

Session 6: “American Indian history in the reactionary imagination,” panel
Location: Classroom 0.2 Camiel De Pelsemaeker
Moderator: Ken Kennard
Frank Usbeck, Leipzig University

“‘Indians couldn’t stop immigration’: historical comparison, nationalism, and race in German immigration discourse”
Richard King, Washington State University
“‘Ask a Native American how government gun control worked out for them’: the politics of remembering the American Indian experience”
David Stirrup, University of Kent
“On fine lines and sensitivities: the rhetoric of Indigeneity among the British Far Right (and Left)”

1:00-2:30, lunch break

2:30-4:30, sessions 7 and 8
Session 7: “Medial Natives: from past to present”
Location: Auditorium 0.2 Hein Picard
Moderator: Fien Lauwaerts

Thomas Donald Jacobs, Ghent University
“The 1730 Cherokee embassy to the Court of St James in the Dutch press”
Sven Gins, University of Groningen
“Shadows of normativity: representations of Indigeneity in the Dragon Age franchise”
Christoph Straub, University of Salzburg
“Reading contemporary Indigenous cinema: de-linking filmic representations of Indigeneity”

Session 8: “Education in the past and future”
Location: Auditorium 0.3 André Vlerick
Moderator: Juliette Billiet
Amanda K. Wixon
, University of California – Riverside/Sherman Indian Museum

“The Indian and the orange: civilization through citrus at Sherman Indian School from 1901 to 1950”
Friederike Nusko, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
“Assimilating gaze. What Indian boarding/residential school photographs tell about ‘civilizing’ strategies at the American Northwest Coast (1880-1914)”
Renée Ridgway, Copenhagen Business School/Leuphana University
Wampum World: a (r)evolving transmedia platform

4:30-5:00, coffee break

5:00-7:30, sessions 9 and 10, and film screenings
Session 9: “Playing and performance”
Location: Auditorium 0.2 Hein Picard
Lívia Šavelková, University of Pardubice, and Jana Kocková, Institute of Slavonic Studies of the Czech Academy of Science

“Past and present: lacrosse and its performance by Native Americans in Bohemia and in the Czech Republic with an emphasis on media coverage”
Franci Taylor, University of Utah
“Spirit game: pride of a nation,” film

Session 10: “Going Indian”
Location: Auditorium 0.3 André Vlerick
Elżbieta Wilczyńska
, Adam Mickiewicz University

“Whiteshamanism in Poland – a contested story of Stanisław Supłatopwicz aka Sat-Okh”
Kurt Spenrath, filmmaker
“Searching for Winnetou,” film

Thursday, April 12

Location: Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde, Tweekerkenstraat 2

9:00-11:00, sessions 11, 12, and 13
Session 11: “Remembering and forgetting the Dutch colonial past in the Americas,” panel
Location: Auditorium 0.2 Hein Picard
Moderator: Katie Digan

Scott Manning Stevens, Syracuse University
“Haudenosaunee and Dutch uses of their colonial alliances in the past and present”
Mark Meuwese, University of Winnipeg
“Dutch memories of colonial violence against Indigenous Peoples: comparing New Netherland and the Banda Islands”

Session 12: “Decolonizing museums”
Location: Auditorium 0.3 André Vlerick
Moderator: Pauline van der Zee

Mireille Holsbeke, Museum aan de Stroom
“Frans Maria Olbrechts’ early anthropological fieldwork among the Eastern Cherokee, Tuscarora and Onondaga (1926-1930)”
Vanessa Vogel, Goethe University
“Mexican guests at the New Museum in Berlin”
Moritz A. Müller, Goethe University
“Navajo meets Renoir (for aesthetic reasons): Native American art and universal aesthetics in the Barnes Foundation”
Jennifer Byram, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Historic Preservation Department
“Chahta Imponna Database:
the benefits of tribal-museum relationships”

Session 13: “Alternative pasts and presents in literature”
Location: Classroom 0.2 Camiel De Pelsemaeker
Moderator: Misha Verdonck
Weronika Łaszkiewicz, University of Białystok

“Alternative history, postIndians, and Native sovereignty in the works of Charles de Lint”
Joanna Ziarkowka, University of Warsaw
“Fighting diabetes, healing historical trauma: reconsidering the diabetic epidemic through LeAnne Howe’s Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story

11:00-11:30, coffee break

11:30-1:00, sessions 14, 15, and 16
Session 14: “Decolonizing filmic representations of the past: contested histories in American Indian film,” panel
Location: Auditorium 0.2 Hein Picard
Moderator: Christoph Straub

Lionel Larré, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne
“‘We are [still] Cheyenne’: how Smoke Signals and Powwow Highway catch up with the past”
Lee Schweninger, University of North Carolina Wilmington
“It’s going to be chief: moving past the past in Barking Water
Caroline Durand-Rous, Université Perpignan Via Domitia
“Updating mythical history: standing here and now in Randy Redroad’s The Doe Boy (2001)”

Session 15: “Traditions in the present”
Location: Auditorium 0.3 André Vlerick
Moderator: Gita Deneckere
Maria Cristina Calvopiña Heredia
, University of Münster

“Rediscovering the Andean sound: Ecuadorian musicians celebrating Latine American indigenous influences”
Seth Schermerhorn, Hamilton College
“Contested histories at multiple Magdalenas: locative and utopian orientations in an Indigenous community divided by an international border”
Zuzanna Buchowska, Adam Mickiewicz University
“Oneida foodways: remembrance and revival in present-day food sovereignty efforts”

Session 16: “Decolonizing the classroom”
Location: Classroom 0.2 Camiel De Pelsemaeker
Moderator: Eline Mestdagh
Marianne Kongerslev, Aalborg University

“‘Lincoln was a douche’: reflections on decolonizing the Danish university classroom”
Franci Taylor, University of Utah
“Hoop dancing through history: teaching authentic American Indian history in the era of Podsnappery”

1:00-2:30, lunch break

2:30-3:30, session 17
Session 17: “Posters and chocolates”
Location: Social space
Moderator: Sven Gins
Ignace Decroix, Ghent University
“Seventeenth-century cartography through a social lens: Samuel de Champlain and John Smith”
Fien Lauwaerts, Ghent University
“Polar opposites? Religious tolerance and intolerance in Rensselaerswijck”
Adeline Moons, Ghent University
“‘That it may bee kept in perpetual memory’: the ceremonial aspects of the renewal of the Nicolls Treaty of 1665”
Jeroen Petit, Ghent University
“’And that it may be a secure and lasting one.’ The possible rationes decidendi of Charles II on the establishment and publication of his Articles of Peace with several Indian kings and queens”

3:30-4:30, session 18
Session 18: “Applied theory: decolonizing classrooms”
Location: Auditorium 0.2 Hein Picard
Chad S. Hamill, Northern Arizona University

“Coyote made the rivers: Indigenous ecological continuity in the era of climate change”

7:30, conference dinner
Location: Kammerstraat 20, pre-registration required
Dinner at the Salons Carlos Quintos. Located in two herenhuizen in the historic city center, the Salons Carlos Quintos specializes in seasonal Belgian cuisine.

Friday, April 13

Location: Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde, Tweekerkenstraat 2

9:00-11:00, session 19 and 20
Session 19: “Remembering the past”
Location: Auditorium 0.2 Hein Picard
Moderator: Thomas Donald Jacobs
Robert Keith Collins, San Francisco State University

“Narratives of valor: American Indians and World War I”
Mathilde Roza, Radboud University Nijmegen
“Multidirectional Memory in the Work of Visual Artist Carl Beam”
Harald E.L. Prins, Kansas State University
“The Ardennes as ‘Indian Country’: Native American warriors in the Battle of the Bulge 1944-1945. In memory of Leslie Banks (1924-2017), WW II combat veteran, Penobscot Indian Nation”

Session 20: “Methods of meaning making”
Location: Auditorium 0.3 André Vlerick
Moderator: Michiel Van Dam
Lauren Working, University of Liverpool

“The strawberry and the flame: the heart as agent in Anglo-Native exchange”
Markus H. Lindner, Goethe University
“Why history is important in ‘traditional’ and contemporary Plains art”

11:00-11:30, coffee break

11:30-1:00, session 21 and 22
Session 21: “Low Countries connections: representation and interaction”
Location: Auditorium 0.2 Hein Picard
Moderator: Annemieke Romein
James Ring Adams, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

“Cortes, the Royal Fifth, and the rights of Indians”
Willem Frijhoff, Erasmus University Rotterdam
“‘A governor called Jacques.’ Jacob Eelkens (1591/92-after 1633) in the memory of the Native Americans: a reassessment”
Pieter Hovens, National Museum of World Cultures Leiden
“Moccasins and wooden shoes: Indian-Dutch encounters and relations in North America, 1800-1940”

Session 22: “Into the future: resistance and activism in the past and present”
Location: Auditorium 0.3 André Vlerick
Moderator: Jan Dumolyn
Roger L. Nichols, University of Arizona

“History and Indian protest in the US and Canada”
Chance Finegan, York University
“Reflection, acknowledgement, and justice: a framework for Indigenous-protected area reconciliation”
Tania Gibéryen, Université Laval
“The (hi)story of land use planning on permafrost in Nunavik”

1:00-2:30, lunch break

2:30-4:00, business meeting and conference close
Location: Auditorium 0.2 Hein Picard
The AIW does not have official membership or fees. If you’ve attended an AIW, whether as a presenter or participant, you are welcome at the business meeting! This is when we hold a vote of those present about the AIW’s future, including our goals, locations of following conferences, general principals, finances, and the traditional debate about changing our name.

4:00-6:00, walking tour of Ghent historic city center
Meeting point: UFO
Fien Lauwaerts and Thomas Donald Jacobs
Ghent rose to prominence in the medieval period as a harbour city and regional administrative centre. It remained an important international city well into the modern period, and even lent its name to the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812 between Great Britain and the United States. The treaty was signed at the Hotel d’Hane-Steenhuyse, one of the many stops on our tour. 

6:00-7:30, reception at Ghent City Hall
Location: Botermarkt 1
Ghent’s City Hall, which took four hundred years to complete, is a mix of architectural styles, with both Gothic and Renaissance facades. Statues of the Counts of Flanders adorn the niches on the Gothic portion of the building.  Inside, various meeting and reception halls reflect the history and evolution of the city, and the region. A guided tour ends with a local beer and wine tasting.