Postgraduate Course: Narrating Native Histories (online) (PGHC11528)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is designed to introduce students to the challenges of researching and writing indigenous histories in the Americas. Alongside the rise of vibrant indigenous movements, some scholars have grappled with the racial and ethnic politics of knowledge production. In this course will examine themes related to indigenous history of the Americas and critically analyze the work of historians who have sought to write innovative indigenous histories.
In this course, we will examine how some of historian's tools and methods including language, museums, cartographic maps, and archives have been instruments of colonialism. We will then examine how these tools might be creatively transformed. Through an overview of the work of innovative historians, we will critically analyze historians' efforts to reimagine time and space from indigenous perspectives, to develop critical conversations between archival and oral histories, and to problematize the politics of cultural translations. Finally, this course will examine collaborations between indigenous communities, activists, and scholars in the writing of history.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
Narrating Native Histories (PGHC11498)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Online Activities 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
4000 word essay (80%)
Blog posts (20%)
||Students are expected to discuss their coursework with the Course Organiser at least once prior to submission, and are encouraged to do so more often. Meetings can take place with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment. Students will also receive feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical command of the body of knowledge concerning methodologies and approaches to indigenous history
- Demonstrate an ability to analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship to indigenous history of the Americas
- Demonstrate an ability to understand and apply specialised research or professional skills
- Demonstrate the ability to develop original scholarly arguments in oral and written form by independently formulating appropriate questions and methods
- Demonstrate originality and independence in thinking; intellectual integrity and maturity; and an ability to evaluate the work or others, including peers; and a considerable degree of autonomy
|Florencia E. Mallon, ed. Decolonizing Native Histories: Collaboration, Knowledge, and Language in the Americas. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011.|
Brian Klopotek. Recognition Odysseys: Indigeneity, Race, Federal Tribal Recognition Policy in three Louisiana Indian Communities. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011.
Joanne Rappaport and Tom Cummins, Beyond the Lettered City: Indigenous Literacies in the Andes. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011.
Joanne Rappaport, Intercultural Utopias: Public Intellectuals, Cultural Experimentation, and Ethnic Pluralism in Colombia. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005.
Audra Simpson, Mohawak Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.
Barbara E. Mundy, Mapping of New Spain: Indigenous Cartography and the Maps of the Relaciones Geograficas. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
David A. Chang, The World and All the Things Upon It: Native Hawaiian Geographies of Exploration. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.
Rosalyn R. LaPier, Invisible Reality: Storytellers, Storytakers, and the Supernatural World of the Blackfeet. University of Nebraska Press, 2017.
Waskar Ari, Earth Politics: Religion, Decolonization, and Bolivia's Indigenous Intellectuals. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.
Noenoe Silva, Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004.
Manuel Llamojha Mitma and Jaymie Heilman, Now Peru is Mine: The Life and Times of a Campesino Activist. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016.
Florencia E. Mallon, Courage Tastes of Blood: The Mapuche Community of Nicolás Ailío and the Chilean State 1906-2001. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course will encourage students to:
Provide clear written and oral analyses of historical methods in indigenous history
Define and analyse historical methods and problems in indigenous history
Write in clear, accurate, and precise prose
|Course organiser||Prof Julie Gibbings
Tel: (0131 6)50 3841
|Course secretary||Miss Katherine Perry