AIS_101_Spring_2007_Syllabus - Introduction to American...

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Introduction to American Indian Studies II: Indigenous North America from 1890 to the Present AIS 101 Spring 2006 M-W 11:15-12:05 CALDWELL HALL 100 Assistant Professor* Audra Simpson as447@cornell.edu Office Hours Wednesdays 2-5:00 Teachings Assistants** Jennifer Modrich jam329@cornell.edu Office Hours Fridays 1:15-12:15 Noemi Yoko Molitor nym4@cornell.edu Office Hours Thursdays 2:00-3:00 *Professor office hours are McGraw 208 **TA office hours are Caldwell 472 B This course engages the ways in which the late period of “settlement” in North America relies upon particular forms of knowledge, history-making, law-making and symbolic representation. What are the contemporary implications of this period for Native peoples today? And how do the logics that made settlement “make sense” live within the present? Central to understanding these efforts at history-making is the mastery of concepts that govern the interpretation of the past. Among these critical concepts are the notions of “savagery”, of “civilization”, “property” and “ownership.” These concepts are embedded within the practices of militarism, policy, law and representation-making that work in concert to make Indigeneity in North America known, managed, resisted and expressed in certain ways. In its treatment of original and secondary sources and reflections this course is designed to a) provide students with a critical and contemporary historical overview of American Indian issues and representational practices b) provide students with an understanding of the ways in which land expropriation and concomitant military and legal struggle have formed the core of Indian-State relations and are themselves central to American Indian history and culture c) provide students with an understanding of American Indian representational practices, political subjectivity and aspiration. As an introductory course there are no prerequisites. AIS “100” is not a prerequisite to “101” or vice versa. There are seven textbooks for this course that are available from the campus store: The books by Iverson and Deloria are required. All readings put on e-reserve are required reading. Students choose one book from each pairing: Erdrich/Hogan and Treuer/Nesper 1
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for their written reviews. COURSE READINGS Deloria, Philip 2004 Indians in Unexpected Places . Kansas City: University Press of Kansas. Erdrich, Louise 1989 Tracks . Hogan, Linda 1990 Mean Spirit . New York: Antheneum. Iverson, Peter 1998 “We are Still Here:” American Indians in the Twentieth Century . Wheeling: Harlan Davidson. Nesper, Larry The Walleye War: the Struggle for Ojibwe Spearfishing and Treaty Rights . Lincoln: The University of Nebraska Press.
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