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Guest Lecture

"Rethinking Anticolonial Intellectuals: Perspectives from Native America"   Dr. Daniel M. Cobb, Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies​, University of Helsinki

Date: Friday, January 26, 2018

Time: 13:15–14:45

​Place: University of Turku, Publicum Building, Room 309

​In the wake of the Second World War, so-called “developing nations” across the globe emerged from colonial rule in unprecedented numbers.  Others, though already independent, experienced surges of nationalism. To tell this story, scholars typically focus on Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Despite the fact that Native North America experienced a similar renaissance through these same years—and that sovereignty and decolonization have been the clarion calls of tribal nations for decades—there remains to be written a history of the evolution of these ideas and the people responsible for articulating them. “Rethinking Anticolonial Intellectuals” recovers one part of that story by focusing on the ideational coming of age of a generation of American Indian nationalists in the United States from the 1950s through the 1960s. Moreover, it places this complex process of awakening in the context of a longstanding autochthonous tradition of anticolonialism in Native North America. In so doing, this talk excavates a deep and unexpected history that challenges conventional means of locating the era of decolonization in space and time, as well as its most important intellectuals.

Daniel M. Cobb has been Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since the fall of 2010, where he has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and as Coordinator of American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Prior to taking this position, Cobb served as Assistant Professor of History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and as Assistant Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago. A specialist in American Indian history since 1887, politics and activism, ethnohistory, and memory, his publications include Native Activism in Cold War America (2008), Beyond Red Power: American Indian Politics and Activism since 1900 (2007), Memory Matters (2011), a revised and expanded fourth edition of William T. Hagan’s classic work American Indians (2013), and Say We Are Nations: Documents of Politics and Protest in Indigenous America since 1887 (2015). Most recently, he completed a 24-lecture Great Courses on American Indian history in partnership with The Teaching Company and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian (2016).

The event is free of charge and open for all. Students may collect lecture pass entries.

Guest Lecture

“Writing Queer History: What We Can Learn from the Male Flight Attendant”
Dr. Phil Tiemeyer, Fulbright Fellow, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Time: 13:30–15:00
Place: Åbo Akademi University, Axelia (Piispankatu 8), Lecture Hall Salin

The collective work of scholars of queer history in the United States tends to leave the impression that one's queer identity comes to fullest expression only in the demimonde of leisure--in the bars, the arts scene, book clubs, and friendship circles--that blossomed largely outside the gaze of the mainstream public. Such a focus helps to account for the impressive community-building that queer individuals have engaged in throughout the Cold War era, forging queer institutions which only over time became more visible in mainstream culture. But focusing on queer identity's ties to leisure also leaves a whole realm of investigation nearly untouched: What role did one's work play in allowing LGBTQ Americans to forge a queer identity and, ultimately, to fight in the public sphere for their civil rights? This talk argues that examining queer labor is indispensable to accounting for the vast strides made in LGBTQ civil rights in the past several decades. It particularly focuses on the contributions of male flight attendants--a group of largely queer workers whose roots in the workplace date from the 1920s--to the queer civil rights victories of the late 20th century.

Dr. Tiemeyer is Associate Professor of History at Kansas State University and is currently serving as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Belgrade in Serbia.  His first book, Plane Queer: Labor Sexuality and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants, was awarded the 2015 John Boswell Prize from the AHA’s Committee on LGBT History.  He is currently researching a second book, Aerial Ambassadors: National Air Carriers and US Power in the Jet Age, examining the formation of national airlines in the developing world. His PhD is in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and he has twice served as a research fellow at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

The event is free of charge and open for all. Organized in collaboration with the Department of Gender Studies at Åbo Akademi University. Students may collect lecture pass entries.