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Indigenous Visions:
Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Beinecke Library

Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, 2011
Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

Conference Video (Streaming Live)

Sponsored by
Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund, Departments of Anthropology, English, and History, Committee on Canadian Studies, European Studies Council, Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Center for Comparative Research, Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, Ezra Stiles College, and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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Thursday, September 15

5:30 p.m. Reception, Beinecke Library

Campus Welcome, Dean of Yale College Mary Miller

Friday, September 16

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.Coffee and Registration, Luce Hall
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks, Jay Gitlin, Yale University
9:15 - 9:30 a.m.Conference Overview, Theodore Van Alst, Yale University
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.Round Table: Boas in Centennial Perspective
  • Moderator: Lee D. Baker, Duke University
  • Matthew Frye Jacobson, Yale University
  • Regna Darnell, University of Western Ontario
  • Julia E. Liss, Scripps College
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Panel 1: Encountering Difference
  • Moderator: Kathryn Marie Dudley, Yale University
  • Elizabeth Alexander, Yale University, "Zora Neale Hurston, Franz Boas, and the Origins of Interdisciplinary Race Studies"
  • Audra Simpson, Columbia University, "Anticipating Boas: Lewis Henry Morgan's Love of 'Aptitude' and 'Hierarchy'"
  • Ryan Nicolson, University of Victoria, "Right or Wrong: Boas and Hunt's Work on the Social Organization of the Kwakwaka'wakw"
  • María Eugenia Cotera, University of Michigan, "Life Among the Boasians: Ella Deloria and the 'Insider's' Dilemma"
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3:30 p.m. Panel 2: The Mind of Modernity
  • Moderator: Michael Warner, Yale University
  • Regna Darnell, University of Western Ontario, "The Theory of Mind and the Relativity of Culture: Franz Boas as Theorist"
  • John Stauffer, Harvard University, "Boas, Race, and 'Primitive Man' in Modern America"
  • Michael Silverstein, University of Chicago, "Of Two Minds About Minding Language in Culture"
  • Kerwin Lee Klein, University of California, Berkeley, "Language, Culture and Philosophy in the American Century"
3:30 - 4 p.m. Coffee
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Panel 3: Rethinking Race
  • Moderator: David W. Blight, Yale University
  • Martha Hodes, New York University, "Franz Boas and the Problem of Skin Color in the Era of Jim Crow"
  • Harry Liebersohn, University of Illinois, "From Berlin to New York: The German Sources of The Mind of Primitive Man"
  • Elijah Anderson, Yale University, "W. E. B. Du Bois, Franz Boas, and the Role of Philadelphia in the Transformation of Race"
  • Isaiah Wilner, Yale University, "Evolutions of Belonging: The Global Route to The Mind of Primitive Man, 1894-1911"
7:00 p.m. Stanley T. Woodward Keynote Lecture
  • James Tully, University of Victoria, "Diversity and Democracy After Boas"

Saturday, Sept. 17

8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Coffee and Registration, Luce Hall
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Panel 4: The Global Frontier
  • Moderator: John Mack Faragher, Yale University
  • David A. Hollinger, University of California, Berkeley, "Print the Legend Not the Fact? Anthropologists, Missionaries, and the Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"
  • Alice Beck Kehoe, Marquette University, "Lucy Kramer and Felix Cohen: Bringing Boas into the Indian New Deal"
  • Stephen J. Pitti, Yale University, "Manuel Gamio and the Anthropology of Mexican Immigration "
  • Jürgen Langenkämper, Mindener Tageblatt, "A Prophet Hath No Honor in His Own Country: The Fate of Franz Boas, His German Protégés, and the Westphalian Town of Minden"
11 a.m. - 11:30Coffee
11:30 - 1:30 p.m. Panel 5: Revitalizing Democracy
  • Moderator: Matthew Frye Jacobson, Yale University
  • Dale A. Turner, Dartmouth College, "Boas and Contemporary Indigenous Politics"
  • Alondra Nelson, Columbia University, "Boas from Below: The Politics of Race and Genetics at the Lower Manhattan African Burial Ground Project"
  • Michael E. Harkin, University of Wyoming, "What Would Franz Boas Have Thought of 9/11? The Limits of Negative Capability"
  • Johnny Mack, University of Victoria, "A Totemic Encounter: A Primitive Account of Colonialism, Constitutionalism, and Nuu-chah-nulth Political Imperative"
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Lunch
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.Round Table: Boas in the 21st Century
  • Moderator: James C. Scott, Yale University
  • Ned Blackhawk, Yale University
  • Aaron Glass, Bard Graduate Center
  • William W. Kelly, Yale University


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