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Canada, Deadline 15 Sept Call for Papers for Workshop and Special Edition of Native Studies Review: RELIGIOUS ENCOUNTER AND EXCHANGE IN ABORIGINAL CANADA Recent public discussions about the history of residential schools in Canada are a stark reminder of religion’s central role in Canadian Aboriginal history. This history was not simple or straightforward, nor is it over. The existing historiography on religion in Aboriginal Canada has examined the history of residential schools and considered Christian missionaries as colonial agents of assimilation and change. Significantly less has been said about Aboriginal roles and perspectives on religious encounter and the ways in which spiritual, as well as material and political, forces contributed to religious exchange and transformations. This is all the more striking in view of rich literatures in other (post)colonial contexts like Africa, China, and India, where religion has long figured as a central category of analysis. This call for papers aims to encourage and assess innovative approaches to the history of Aboriginal religious encounter and exchange in Canada. Accepted papers will be presented at a workshop in Spring 2011 in Saskatoon (subject to funding). Subsequently, a selection of papers from the workshop will be published in a special edition of Native Studies Review. We invite papers that engage religious histories across all time periods and geographic regions of Aboriginal Canada. We especially encourage contributions that position Aboriginal people as central actors and agents of religious interpretation and action. Potential contributors should consider spiritual, social, cultural, material, and/or political practices and perspectives that were produced through religious encounter and exchange. How does placing religion at the centre of our analysis contribute to and complicate our understanding of Canadian Aboriginal history more generally? We also welcome transnational and comparative approaches that further our understanding of histories forged at the intersection of the local and the global. Possible themes and questions include, but are not limited to: • What sources and methodologies can be used to analyze and explain the historical meaning(s) of “religion”? How can Indigenous methodologies and epistemologies, in particular, challenge and enrich the scholarly discourse? • What theoretical tools and perspectives can be used to interrogate religious encounter and exchange effectively and ethically? • What does it mean to take religious experience and spiritual agency seriously in historical context? • How did religion historically intersect with other categories of analysis like gender, race, and class? • How did evangelical Christian or other modern religious movements (e.g. Pentecostal, Baha’i, Mormon) shape Aboriginal identities, communities, and lives? How did these historical experiences differ from those produced by engagement with the projects of traditional missionary denominations (e.g. Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian)? • What roles did Aboriginal missionaries play, in their own communities and in intercultural arenas? • How did religious encounters shape the historical construction of sacred space? • What are the legacies of religious exchange in contemporary Aboriginal communities? • What are the popular memories of historical religious encounters? Please send a maximum 700-word abstract, prospective title, and a 1-page c.v. to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 15 September 2010. If you have any questions, please contact any of the organizers below: Dr. Susan Neylan Associate Professor Department of History Wilfrid Laurier University 75 University Ave W. Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5 email@example.com Chelsea Horton PhD Candidate Department of History University of British Columbia 1873 East Mall Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1 firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Tolly Bradford Postdoctoral Fellow Department of History University of Saskatchewan 9 Campus Drive, 721 Arts Building Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5 email@example.com -- Chelsea Horton Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada