CFP: [Collections] "Tribal Fantasies": Native Americans in the European Imagination 1900-present

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David Stirrup
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Tribal Fantasies:
‘Native Americans’ in the European Imagination 1900-present

This collection aims to investigate European re-imaginings of Indigenous
American peoples and cultures in the last century. We invite abstracts
of 250-350 words on any such re-imagining, including (but by no means
restricted to):

• Depictions of tribal/indigenous culture and/or religion in
European literature, art and film
• “American Indian hobbyist” movements
• Use of tribal/indigenous imagery in political movements
• The influence of tribal/indigenous design on European fashion
• Native American cartoons
• Native Americans as symbol of American hegemony
• Native Americans as symbol of resistance to American hegemony
• Images of the Native in 20th century philosophy
• The New Age industry
• Tribal rhythms in popular music
• The Ostern / Red Western

The history of European appropriation of Indigenous lands and cultures in
the Americas is long and frequently bloody. In the twentieth century,
however, as European countries ceased to have formal colonial interests
in the Americas, so direct contact between Native and European largely
ceased. But the image of the Native American, as much a product of the
colonial imagination as any deep understanding of the disparate
indigenous cultures of the Americas, has proved enduring.

We welcome contributions from all European countries and would be
particularly interested in transnational or trans-European articles.

Essays will be 6,000-8,000 words, referenced MLA endnote style.

Please send abstracts to both James Mackay at
and David Stirrup at, by Monday, September 29th,

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