Hello everyone,

Please see below the abstract for the panel that I am organizing for this year's meetings of the American Society for Ethnohistory to be held in Winnipeg in October. The deadline for submissions has been extended to the end of the month so please send any inquiries my way! All the best, ian



Of Haunted Margins;

Ghost Stories and Tales of Monstrous Encounters as Oral Histories

Stories of the paranormal permeate early anthropological literature as a step-child of classical European folklore studies. Historians have occasionally seen fit to detail particular places spoken of as haunted, and more rarely of famous “ghosts,” as intellectual curiosities, but not as material “facts.” Early Western folklorists interpreted various monsters and ghosts as intangible metaphors and “apparitions” discarding the cultural and historical context of personal experience in favor of generalized explanatory tropes. Psychologists and Psychoanalysts have viewed ghosts and monsters as irrational immaterial extensions of human fears and sublimated familial trauma, failing to notice that this does nothing to dispel the power these entities exert over human affairs. In this light ghost stories and tales of monstrous encounters have received renewed attention in studies of affect that seek to step beyond classical Western categories of real/imagined, true/false, presence/absence, dead/undead and human/inhuman. Following the call for deconstructionist techniques articulated by Derrida in Spectres of Marx the development of “hauntologies” able to analyse and counter-narrate the subjugated histories of the Colonial and Imperial subaltern are essential to decolonization projects. By approaching these uncanny entities differently Ethnohistorians are poised to move beyond the traditional Historian’s biases and to address ghosts and monsters on their own terms. This panel seeks to explore the historical existence and cross-cultural experience of ghosts and monsters as something other than superstition, folklore, myth or legend, by focusing on the effects of such experiences. Through the articulation of ghost stories and monstrous encounters these singular entities emerge as imminent affective realities present outside of memory only in embodied intensity and relational momentariness. Ghost stories and tales of monstrous encounters are boundary crossing oral histories that instantiate the existence of alternative ontologies providing them a vehicle through which to affect embodied intensity, relationally materializing the virtual through voice, memory and feeling.

The Ethnohistory CFP follows;

Due to a large number of inquiries about late submissions, we've decided to extend the deadline for submission to the 2017 American Society for Ethnohistory conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba October 12-14 to June 30th with acceptances returned by the end of July. Please also look forward to a new online face for Ethnohistory later this month as the website is updated and expanded. You can consult the conference website at http://www.ethnohistory2017.com/ for more information on the Fairmont hotel where the conference will be held. We have already confirmed optional tours of the Hudson Bay Company Archives and the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation that will be available at registration and expect a few more bells and whistles by the time registration goes live.

Hope to see you in Winnipeg!!

Cary Miller, Acting Secretary
American Society for Ethnohistory

American Society for Ethnohistory
2017 Conference
October 12-14 2017
Fairmont Hotel
ᐄᐧᓂᐯᐠ Wînipêk Winnipeg, Manitoba

“Borders: Visible and Invisible”
Located at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, the city of Winnipeg, which gets its name from the Cree word for “muddy waters” rests near the geographic and latitudinal heart of North America on Canadian Treaty 1 lands. The long history of this place going back thousands of years is humbling given the communities of Assiniboine, Cree, Dene, Dakota, Inuit, Métis and Ojibwe who made the lakes, rivers, and prairies of Manitoba, their home, negotiated the first treaties following the confederation of Canada, sought Truth and Reconciliation and decided to be Idle no More. The rivers that drew Native people here also brought French traders to the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers in 1738, while the British sailed their trading ships into the enormous bay they named after Henry Hudson and competed with the French for Indigenous allies and environmental resources. The Selkirk settlers established the Red River colony in 1811, and the intervention of Americans favoring annexation of the region contributed to the political chaos that spawned the Métis Red River resistance whose leader, Louis Riel, resisted the confederate government of Canada and US annexation pressures to found the province of Manitoba. In recent years Winnipeg has grown to become the seventh largest city in Canada, known for its flourishing arts scene, green spaces, the Manitoba and Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, the Manitoba Museum, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the new Canadian Museum of Human Rights. Winnipeg continues to remain an indigenous space with one of the highest percentages of First Nation, Innuit and, Métis peoples calling it home of any major North American City; it continues to be an intersection between Canada’s indigenous and settler cultures. 2017 will mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Please join us to celebrate this historical moment at a vibrant historical place.

Borderlands studies have reoriented understandings of settler and Indigenous interactions while reconsidering and complicating important links between the environment, politics, society, and culture in in-between spaces. Ethnohistorians continue to seek new methods, including incorporating oral history, literature, language revitalization, digital humanities, and community initiated projects into their scholarship in order to give voice to the stories of indigenous communities. This scholarship works to bridge the borders that continue to divide academia from communities. The American Society for Ethnohistory’s 2017 program committee encourages submission of proposals that will illuminate the visible and invisible borders created across landscapes, within societies, between cultures or political states, divide communities, and highlight the events and ideas that encourage breaking down walls and barriers as well as the bridges across borders and boundaries that seek reconciliation.

Please submit your proposal as a MS Word document to ethnohistory2017@gmail.com by June 30 2017. Notification of the status of the submission by July 30, 2017.

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 ethnohistory2017@gmail.com 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 ethnohistory2017@gmail.com 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 Fairmont 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 (Cary Miller, carym@uwm.edu) know if you need further equipment for a film screening

Program Committee

Cary Miller (Chair), University of Manitoba
Rebecca Kugel, University of California-Riverside
Lucy Murphy, Ohio State University
Regna Darnell, University of Western Ontario
Rose Stremlau, Davidson College
Jennifer Hughes, University of California-Riverside
Patricia Harms, Brandon University
Nicole St. Onge, University of Ottawa

Contact Info

Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA)
c/o Karli Whitmore
125 rue Jean de la Londe, #301
Baie d'Urfe (Québec) H9X 3T8