Atlantic History Seminar Conference on Indigenous Languages and Historical Interpretation

Emily Susan Lebaron elebaron at
Sat Jan 31 04:00:37 UTC 2009

International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, 1500-1825
Bernard Bailyn, Director

A Conference on Indigenous Languages and Historical Interpretation

- March 28- 29, 2009 -

One of the significant developments in Atlantic historiography over the past few
decades has been the quickly expanding knowledge, on the part of historians as
well as linguists, of the languages native to the peoples of the Americas.  The
purpose of the Conference is to consider the consequences of this knowledge for
significant lines of interpretation of the history of the European conquest and
exploitation of the Americas.  The presentations and discussions will focus on
specific languages and regions, chiefly in the colonial period, and will
consider also what contemporary Europeans actually knew of indigenous
languages, how realistic or fanciful their knowledge was.

There will be presentations in the morning and afternoon on Saturday, March 28,
and on Sunday morning, March 29 by historians who are familiar with and have
used one or more of the indigenous languages in their work.  General discussion
will follow each session.  Lunch will be provided on Saturday and a reception
will follow the afternoon session.

Attendance at the Conference and participation in the discussion are open to the
academic community. Historians at the beginning of their careers are especially
encouraged to attend.  Travel and accommodation will be the responsibility of
attendees, though the Conference can provide local lodging information.

Registration for this Conference is required.

To register, or for more information on the speakers and topics, please visit
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or contact us by e-mail at: elebaron at

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