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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Upcoming Talks: Hugh Raffles, Montreal, Oct. 3, 2013/Katherine Labelle, Toronto, Sept. 13, 2013

Prof. Hugh Raffles
New School for Social Research

'Still Life: An Anthropology of Stone.'

6:00 pm
October 3, 2013
Concordia University, Montreal

Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC)

Prof. Raffles' work on the cultural politics of nature has recently
focused on the ways human-nonhuman relations inform our systems of
taxonomy and classification. Raffles was awarded a Whiting Writers Award
in 2009 and his most recent book, Insectopedia (Pantheon Books, 2010), was
a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the 2012 Ludwik Fleck Prize from
the Society for Social Studies of Science, shortlisted for the 2012 De
Groene Waterman Prize, winner of the 2011 Orion Book Award, and winner of
a Special Prize for Extending Ethnographic Understanding from the Society
for Humanistic Anthropology.
For more information, see the CISSC Website:


Upcoming Talk:

Katherine Magee Labelle
"Dispersed But Not Destroyed: A History of the Seventeenth-Century Wendat
People"(UBC Press 2013)

7:00 pm
Friday, September 13, 2013
883 Queen St. West, Toronto

Kathryn Magee Labelle is an assistant professor in the History Department
at the University of Saskatchewan.

From UBC Press:

Situated within the area stretching from Georgian Bay in the north to Lake
Simcoe in the east (also known as Wendake), the Wendat Confederacy
flourished for two hundred years. By the mid-seventeenth century, however,
Wendat society was under attack.
Disease and warfare plagued the community, culminating in a series of
Iroquoisassaults that led to the dispersal of the Wendat people in 1649.

Yet the Wendat did not disappear, as many historians have maintained. In
Dispersed but Not Destroyed,Kathryn Magee Labelle examines the creation of
a Wendat diaspora in the wake of the Iroquois attacks. By focusing the
historical lens on the dispersal and its aftermath, she extends the
seventeenth-century Wendat narrative.
In the latter half of the century, Wendat leaders continued to appear at
councils, trade negotiations, and diplomatic ventures -- including the
Great Peace of Montreal in 1701 -- relying on established customs of
accountability and consensus. Women also continued to assert their
authority during this time, guiding their communities toward paths of
cultural continuity and accommodation. Through tactics such as this, the
power of the Wendat Confederacy and their unique identity was
Turning the story of Wendat conquest on its head, this book demonstrates the
resiliency of the Wendat people and writes a new chapter in North American

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