Call for Papers: American Society of Ethnohistory

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American Society for Ethnohistory
2016 Conference
Nashville, Tennessee
November 9-12, 2016

 "Ethnohistories of Native Space"

 With a population boom putting this "big city with a small-town feel" to new spatial tests, Nashville still earns its fame as Athens of the South and Music City USA.  But it is also a borderland between multiple American Indian nations, the plantation home of Andrew Jackson, terminus of the ancient Natchez Trace, and way station on the Cherokee Trail of Tears.  Today, Nashville is also headquarters of the United Southern and Eastern Tribes, Inc.  This dynamic place in the Tennessee River Valley invites ethnohistorians to consider comparatively many questions about making and mapping human landscapes, colonizing and dispossessing Indigenous peoples, and losing and recovering native spaces.

 Sometimes even designated "the vacant quarter" for late Mississippian and early colonial times, this region's history of competing and overlapping claims complicates concepts like homelands, buffer zones, and middle grounds.  Nashville's pivotal position in the interstate slave trade and Indian removal also challenges us to reconsider issues of mobility and migration.  The American Society for Ethnohistory's 2016 program committee encourages submission of proposals that will pursue analysis of dwelling, diaspora, and other experiences of space and place in a wide variety of ways—from inquiry into how native spaces are represented through narrative and performance, to study of different forms of colonial intrusion, to use of Geographic Information Systems for tracking patterns of interaction and movement.  

 Submission Proposal Guidelines:  Please submit your proposal as a MS Word document to by May 27, 2016.  Notification of the status of the submission by July 8, 2016.

 Please follow the guidelines below for Individual Papers, Panels, Roundtable Discussion Panels, film Screenings, and Poster Sessions.

Individual Paper, Poster Session, and Film Screening Proposal:  Please include with your abstract a brief, one-page curriculum vitae.  When submitting your file via email to please save the file as Lastname_Individual.docx and your c.v. as Lastname_CV.doc

ABSTRACT:  250-300 words; single-spaced
Institutional affiliation
Mailing Address and Email

 Paper Panel and Roundtable Discussion Panel Proposal:  In your panel proposal please be sure to include a one-paragraph description of the panel that details the panel title, proposed Chair and Commentator for the panel, number of papers to be included in the panel, and for each of the participants submit the abstracts of individual paper proposals.  For the files submitted to please save the entire panel proposal (including individual abstracts and panel description) with the Organizer's Last name as Lastname_Panel.docx and then include brief one-page curriculum vitae for each participant in one document with the Organizer's Last name as Lastname_CV.docx

Institutional Affiliation
Mailing Address and Email

 Audiovisual Equipment:  All breakout rooms at the Hutton Hotel will include a computer LCD projector and screen.  Please make sure to bring your presentation with you on a flash drive and please make sure to let the program organizer (Daniel Usner, know if you need further equipment for a film screening.

 Program Committee

 Kristofer Ray, Austin Peay State University
Julie Reed, University of Tennessee
Kathryn Sampeck, Illinois State University
Ashley Riley Sousa, Middle Tennessee State University
Daniel Usner, Vanderbilt University (chair)
Steven Wernke, Vanderbilt University

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