McNickle Seminar in American Indian Studies
The Newberry Library, Towner Fellows Lounge
“Geographies of Power: Mapping Indian Borders in the ‘Borderlands’ of the Early Southwest”
Juliana Barr, University of Florida
“Geographies of Power: Mapping Indian Borders in the ‘Borderlands' of the Early Southwest” confronts the problem that, in pursuing inclusive models for the intersections of diverse people across North America, early American scholars have lost sight of the integrity of bordered Indian domains and the power that gave them in their interactions with Europeans. In contrast to notions of early America as an undefined territory through which Europeans and Indians moved, traded, made treaties, and made war in lands neither could fully claim, this paper seeks to illustrate how different Indian polities created and maintained borders, and how such borders functioned as clear manifestations of sovereignty.
The seminar features scholarly discussion of papers based on work-in-progress. Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are urged to attend and to circulate news of this forum to colleagues. We will pre-circulate papers to those planning to attend. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (312) 255-3564 to receive a copy of the paper. Papers are available two weeks prior to the seminar date. Please include your e-mail address in all correspondence.