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Postgraduate Course: Narrating Native Histories (PGHC11498)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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, we will examine how some of historians' 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Narrating Native Histories (online) (PGHC11528)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical command of the body of knowledge concerning methodologies and approaches to indigenous history;
  2. Analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship to indigenous history of the Americas;
  3. Understand and apply specialised research or professional skills;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to develop original scholarly arguments in oral and written form by independently by formulating appropriate questions and methods and utilising relevant evidence considered in the course;
  5. 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.
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserProf Julie Gibbings
Tel: (0131 6)50 3841
Course secretaryMr George Bottrell-Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)50 8349
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