Announcing keynotes for NAVSA 2017: Elizabeth Carolyn Miller and Coll Thrush
Elizabeth Carolyn Miller
Elizabeth Carolyn Miller is Professor of English at the University of California, Davis, whose latest monograph Slow Print (2013) won the North American Victorian Studies Association’s Best Book award.
Miller’s scholarly interests will make for a provocative and compelling keynote. Her research interests include nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century British literature and culture, gender studies, film and visuality, print culture, media studies, ecocriticism, and radical politics.
Her book Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture appeared with Stanford University Press in 2013. Her first book, Framed: The New Woman Criminal in British Culture at the Fin de Siècle was published by University of Michigan Press in 2008.
She is currently working on a book about ecology and capital in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, a topic that fits seamlessly with the conference theme for preserves.
Keynote: The Unhidden City: Indigenous Histories of London in the Long Nineteenth Century
For more than five hundred years, Indigenous women, men, and children have been travelling to London, willingly or otherwise, from territories that became the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. They came as captives and emissaries, performers and poets, missionaries and military leaders, and their presence entangled the city in imperial and Indigenous histories at a global scale. Drawn from the new book Indigenous London: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire, this keynote address follows Indigenous experiences in London from the early nineteenth century to the first years of the twentieth century, showing how both Indigenous travellers and Londoners refracted themselves and each other through urban encounters. From Hawaiian funerary practice to Maori oratory, from Ojibwe ritual to Mohawk authorship, from Aboriginal Australian athleticism to Lakota military prowess, Indigenous minds and bodies helped to shape, preserve, and articulate what it meant to be modern in the Empire’s capital.
A graduate of Fairhaven College at Western Washington University and the University of Washington, Coll Thrush is a professor of history at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in un-ceded Coast Salish territories, and affiliate faculty at UBC’s Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies.
Coll is the author of Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place, which won the 2007 Washington State Book Award for History/Biography and was re-released as a tenth-anniversary second edition in early 2017. He is also co-editor with Colleen Boyd of Phantom Past, Indigenous Presence: Native Ghosts in North American History & Culture (2011). His article “City of the Changers: Indigenous People and the Transformation of Seattle’s Watersheds” was named Best Article of 2006 by the Urban History Association, and his article “Vancouver the Cannibal: Cuisine, Encounter, and the Dilemma of Difference on the Northwest Coast, 1774-1808” won the Robert F. Heizer prize for best article of 2011 from the American Society for Ethnohistory.
Professor Thrush’s most recent book is Indigenous London, which examines that city’s history through the experiences of Indigenous travelers – willing or otherwise – from territories that became the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. During the 2013-2014 academic year, he was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Historical Research of the University of London and the Eccles Centre Fellow in North American Studies at the British Library.
After the completion of Indigenous London, Coll will return to writing about the Northwest Coast of North America with a book project entitled SlaughterTown, a history-memoir examining trauma, memory, silence, and landscape in Coast Salish territories and his hometown of Auburn, Washington – formerly known as Slaughter.