CFP: 2006 American Indian Workshop (UK) (1/15/06; 3/29/06-3/31/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Joy Porter

University of Wales Swansea, UK

29th =96 31st March 2006

2006 American Indian Workshop:

Place In Native American History, Literature and Culture


Plenary Speakers:

Alan Trachtenberg (Yale University)

Deborah Madsen (University of Geneva)

Bruce Johansen (University of Nebraska)

David Murray (University of Nottingham)


Please send 250-word abstracts of proposed papers by=20

15th January 2006 to:

 Dr. Joy Porter:

Conference publication planned

Please register by 20th February 2006:=20

Contact: Anne Edwards: Tel: +44 (0)1792 295755

School of Humanities, University of Wales Swansea, 4th Floor, Vivian

 Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP.=20

For further information consult the conference web-page:

Place in Native American History, Literature and Culture: 2006 American
Indian Workshop


University of Wales, Swansea 29th-31st March 2006


The latest research on the interrelationships between place and Native
American history, literature and culture will be presented at the 2006
American Indian Workshop. Paper presentations and plenary sessions fill =
three day agenda. A buffet and performance of Welsh Oral Tradition from =
Merlin Theatre Company is scheduled for the evening of the 29th March as
well as a conference dinner at The Mermaid Restaurant, Mumbles for the
evening of 30th March (the costs of these events are included within the
conference fee).


* Papers and attendees are invited from across disciplines. It is
envisaged that the conference theme will bring together research from
American Studies, American history, geography, sociology, anthropology =
English Literature. Researchers working in Native community development =
within the museum community are also welcome.
* Keynote speakers include Alan Trachtenberg (Yale University),
Deborah Madsen (University of Geneva), Bruce Johansen (University of
Nebraska) and David Murray (University of Nottingham)
* Performance of Welsh Oral Tradition from the Merlin Theatre Company=20
* Optional delegate=92s 3-hour round trip to the Gower Peninsula
including Worm=92s Head and Rhossilli beach [the UK=92s first designated =
Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty].



Place in Native American history, literature and culture


Place has been described as space invested with meaning through lived
experience and also as something defined by its construction rather than =
borders. Native American Studies has been at the forefront of increasing =
awareness that, as Robert M. Nelson puts it, =93the life of the land and =
life at their best are inseparable=94.=20


With these ideas in mind, contributors are invited to produce papers on =
aspect of place as it connects to Native America across time. All =
are warmly welcomed but it is hoped that contributors will find the
following list of themes suggestive:


* Indian identity and context

* Cultural tradition and the particularities of landscape

* Land and spirit

* Indian Authors and landscape

* =93Placelessness=94 and ethnicity

* The economics of place in Indian country

* Alienation/ trauma/healing/regeneration and landscape

* Ecology and Native American Studies

* Territory, place, sovereignty

* Visibility and the creation of Indian place in

* Mythical space and place

* Time and place in Indian history/literature/culture

* Language, the body, spatial values

* Place and gender/sexuality

* Homes and Homelands


Please submit abstracts of not more than 250 words by 15th January to Dr =
Porter, or



Information for Conference Delegates

2006 American Indian Workshop

Swansea 29 March =96 31 March 2006



I. Conference Fee =A3193

Includes full conference facilities, two nights accommodation (29th and
30th), all meals and refreshments from lunch on

29th March through to lunch on 31st March, also includes the conference
dinner at the Mermaid Restaurant, Mumbles (see details below). =20



II. Accommodation:


All accommodation must be paid for in advance, and rooms will be =
on a `first come first served basis` so please note that your =
Form and payment should reach us no later than 20th February 2006. All
pre-booked accommodation is on Campus. We have reserved 100 single =
bedrooms in Preseli Hall. The Hall is within a short walking distance of =
beach! You can forward any queries regarding accommodation to Anne =



III. Conference Dinner/Buffet:


The Mermaid Restaurant


The Mermaid Restaurant is located on the seafront in Mumbles Village. It =
already gained an excellent reputation among locals as well as visitors. =
restaurant offers a pleasant atmosphere as well as a fine selection of
dishes inspired by Mediterranean cuisines.


Date: Thursday 30 March 2006 from 6:30pm

Venue: The Mermaid Restaurant=20

                                    686 Mumbles Road, Mumbles, Swansea


Sample Menu: =20

Dressed salmon with fruits de mer

Honeyroast ham with an orange, honey and mustard dressing

Dressed sirloin of beef with a horseradish sauce

Italian vegetable tart with Brie

Greek salad with tomatoes, olives and smoked salmon

Hot buttered roasted new potatoes with garlic and lemon grass

Mediterranean salad with capsicums and garlic

Mediterranean couscous salad

Italian pasta salad with salami and Parmesan

Home made bread with sea salt rosemary and cracked black pepper

Profiteroles with chocolate and rum cream

Petits fours & Coffee





IV. Getting to Swansea:


>From Heathrow Airport


1. Take the Heathrow Express to Paddington Rail Station (approximately
15 minutes from Terminal 1 or 23 minutes from Terminal 4), then a train =
Paddington to Swansea (approximately 3 hours)=20



2. Take a Rail-Link coach to Reading Rail Station (under 1 hour), then
a train from Reading to Swansea (approximately 2.5 hours)=20


3. Take a direct National Express coach from Heathrow to Swansea
(approximately 4 hours)=20


>From Bristol Airport


Take the Flyer express luxury coach service from the airport to Bristol
Temple Meads Rail Station, a then train to Swansea. Please note that one
change of train en route either at Cardiff or at Newport will be =
(approximately 3 hours total journey time)


>From Cardiff Airport


Take the International Airbus X91 from the airport to Cardiff Central =
Station which is adjacent to the Rail Station, then a train to Swansea
(approximately 2 hours total journey time)


If you are traveling to Swansea from one of the aforementioned airports =
pre-booking on trains and coaches is advisable, see the travel links =

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By Car


M4 motorway connects Swansea with London. A journey from the outskirts =
London to Swansea takes approximately 3 hours.


i. Travelling west on the M4 take the 42a exit to =
and follow signs for Swansea.=20

ii. Continue along A483 for approximately 4 miles until =
reach the Sainsbury=92s Supermarket (on your left). At this point you =
will be
in the vicinity of the Swansea city centre.=20

iii. Heading towards Gower, keep with the main flow of =
traffic which will bring you to A4067 which runs along the seafront.

iv. The University Campus Entrance is on A4067, =
2 miles past the Sainsbury=92s Supermarket.


V. Swansea:

The City

Swansea is both a popular centre for tourism and a busy commercial city.
Once described by the poet Dylan Thomas as =93an ugly, lovely town=94, =
has developed into a lively modern city in a dramatic maritime setting.=20

The former docklands have been transformed by the creation of the =
Quarter, which links the centre of the city to the spectacular curve of
Swansea Bay. Echoes of Dylan Thomas=92s Swansea survive in the =
covered market located at the heart of the city, where fresh seafood =
cockles and laverbread and Gower farmers sell an array of fresh local
produce. Swansea is also a modern shopping centre, with a good range of
shops and stores. The city has a range of pubs, restaurants and clubs. =
the far end of Swansea Bay, the former fishing village of Mumbles also
sports a range of excellent restaurants with an emphasis on modern =
cuisine using local ingredients. =20

On the culture front, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery shows contemporary =
and works from the permanent collection and the Grand Theatre has been
imaginatively refurbished and can justifiably claim to be one of =
finest regional theatres. The new National Waterfront Museum is now open =
tells the story of Wales at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, take =
look at <> =
Taliesin Arts Centre is located at the heart of the university campus =
has a lively programme of cultural films, dance, music and theatre, as =
as the Ceri Richards gallery which specialises in art and designer =
from Swansea & Wales.

The new Wales National Pool is Olympic standard and with the newly
refurbished Sports Complex sits adjacent to the campus.

Getting to and from Swansea is easy these days. The M4 motorway brings =
to the doorstep, and there is a good coach and rail network with many =
major towns and cities in Britain. Once here, you'll find that the
relatively compact city centre means that you can keep travelling costs
down. Good bus services link the campus with the heart of Swansea.=20

The Area

If you want to escape from city life, the area to the west of Swansea
provides the ideal place for water sports, climbing, hang-gliding, =
walking, or just lazing on the beach =96 weather permitting of course!=20

Swansea has all the facilities of a modern city, but there is a =
difference =96
there is also a magnificent coastline, unspoilt beaches, rural =
and mountains to explore, if you are prepared to strike out from campus. =
lighthouse at Mumbles marks the start of the Gower Peninsula. The =
long peninsula was the UK=92s first designated Area of Outstanding =
Beauty. Along the south coast of the peninsula, there is a succession of
sandy beaches and coves, separated by rugged limestone cliffs. Each =
has its own special character and the majority of them are easy to =
Gower ends at the spectacular three-mile beach of Rhosili, which is a =
for surfers. The south coast also attracts walkers, rock climbers and
hang-gliding enthusiasts. The furthest point west you can go is Worms =
This narrow neck of land is attached to mainland Gower by a low-tide
causeway =96 so check the tide times before you venture across! Gower =
provides a natural field laboratory for the University, and field trips =
the peninsula are part of life for students studying natural sciences.
Alternatively, you can head north to explore the countryside round the =
Valley, where you will find the dramatic ruins of Carreg Cennen Castle =
the south east of Llandeilo, or make for the Brecon Beacons National =
The park's mountain ranges and huge open spaces provide the perfect =
for walking and climbing.

You can find our more about Swansea by visiting
<> , <> and many other websites such =
as <> ; =; <>=20




VII. Queries:


Abstracts, submission of papers and

programme =20

Dr Joy Porter =20


Conference registration, accommodation,

payments and getting to Swansea

Anne Edwards


Department of American Studies, School of Humanities

University of Wales Swansea

2006 American Indian Workshop:

  Place and Native American History, Literature and Culture

29th March to 31st March 2006

Registration Form


Conference Fee =A3193

Fee includes: Full conference facilities, two nights accommodation (29th =
30th), all meals and conference dinner at the Mermaid Restaurant, =







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Please return your completed form with payment to:

Mrs Anne Edwards =96 School of Humanities

4th Floor Vivian Tower

University of Wales Swansea

Singleton Park, Sketty

Swansea SA2 8PP

United Kingdom

Email: <> Tel: =
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