Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Seminar Series - Watson Hall 517 - 11:30 a.m.

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January 26, 2017
Adele Perry, (University of Manitoba)
“The Global Fur-Trade: Indigenous People, Colonial Rule, and Imperial Connections in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century”

This paper will analyze discussions of the ethics and excesses of fur-trade colonialism that circulated within the nineteenth-century imperial world. Paying particular attention to the work of Metis intellectual and critic Alexander Kennedy or Koubanay Isbister (1822-1883), I will analyze where the fur-trade fit (and did not fit) within liberal humanitarian critiques of British imperial practice. In the process, I will make the case for a more wide-ranging analysis of the fur-trade that pays particular attention to the connections between the dispossession of Indigenous peoples and the exploitation of Indigenous labour and resources in northern North America and the enslavement of African peoples in southern North America and the Caribbean.   


February 9, 2017
Jay Rubenstein (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
"Crusade, Islam, and the Middle Ages' Greatest Prophet, Joachim of Fiore"

Joachim of Fiore (c. 1135 - 1202) reinvented the study of prophecy and history in the Middle Ages. In place of the traditional "Six Ages of History," Joachim divided the story of humanity into three overlapping parts, each corresponding to a person of the Holy Trinity. The Third Age, as he envisioned it, would be a time of peace, the Church of Rome renewed and the earth governed by spiritual men. To reach that halcyon state, however, Christendom had first to pass through a final persecution at the hands of Antichrist, a terrible series of wars that Joachim himself believed lay in the very near future. Using Joachim's own biblical commentaries and diagrams, Professor Rubenstein will show how intricately connected this prophetic model was to Joahcim's interpretation of Islam and the crusade movement. He will also suggest that Joahcim's modern interpreters have emphasized the vision of peace at the expense of what was the crucial militant, bellicose moral of his his prophetic story.


March 9, 2017
Noor Nieftagodien (University of the Witwatersrand)
“Vaal Burning: Reinterpreting the Anti-Pass Campaign of 1960”