We’re highlighting panels of interest at the upcoming Seventeenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities to be held June 1-4, 2017, at Hostra University in Hempstead, New York, USA. While these panels do not necessarily bill themselves as being about rural women, all of those we’ve chosen to highlight will examine issues of rurality in significant ways.
Berks Panels of Interest, Part V
s1093 – American Empire through the Eyes of Indigenous Women: Paradigms, Sources and Challenges
Sunday, June 4, 2017: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM
SC 143 (Hofstra University)
Kathryn Kish Sklar, Binghamton University
Resistance in the Highlands: Activism among Mayan Women and Interpretations of the Guatemalan Civil War, 1960-1996
Rachel O’Donnell, York University
The Historical Internalization and External Manifestations of Trauma Among African American and Native American Women
Christine W. Thorpe, NYC College of Technology
Indigenous Women’s Leadership on the Columbia Plateau: Community Activism, 1900-2000
Laurie Arnold, Gonzaga University
Women’s Activism and the Colonial State in the Philippines, 1898-1930
Febe Pamonag, Western Illinois University
Cynthia Enloe, Clark University
This interdisciplinary session explores the creation of a useable past for activists and historians that embraces both indigenous and imperial women in territories dominated by the United States, 1898-2000. Its three case studies are also offered as paradigms for the study of women in modern empires comparatively and globally considered. Focusing on examples of indigenous women’s responses to American imperial power since 1898—in North America, the Philippines and Central America–the papers address questions designed to help us analyze and understand the options that indigenous women chose in their interactions with imperial coercion. Our commentator will compare those options.
The papers ask:
- How did Native traditions of women’s leadership promote the survival of Native people in North America, 1900-2000? by Laurie Arnold of Gonzaga University;
- How did the adoption of women’s rights agendas by Philippine women enable them simultaneously to support and oppose American colonization, 1898-1930? by Febe Pamonag of Western Illinois University;
- How did Mayan women’s participation in resistance movements in Guatemala limit American colonization, 1960-2000? by Rachel O’Donnell of York University, Toronto.
Using indigenous language sources, the papers explore patterns of cultural revival, assimilation and resistance. Each pattern was present to some degree in all the cases, but each paper helps us understand why one pattern prevailed as indigenous women adopted different strategies in different circumstances.