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Graduate Program

Power, Land, and People: To Possess and Dispossess

The Sixth Annual Graduate Conference
Hosted by the Graduate History Society at the University of Rochester
Saturday, February 28, 2015
8:30am - 5:00pm



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Keynote Speaker: Peter Jemison

Power, land and people have been possessed and dispossessed across time and space. Themes of possession include indigenous and settler-colonial relations; slavery and freedom; economic theories and/or critiques of capitalism; histories of religion and spiritualism; land possession and resource usage and subaltern studies. Interrogating narratives of possession and dispossession will unpack how these reconstructed histories suit national and political agendas how they vary across international boundaries, class lines, gender, ethnicity and regional differences.

Presentations: Fictional Reality: a Hollywood Representation of Appalachia * The Declining Military Farms and the Shrinking Imperial Authority: Tuntian in the middle and late Ming Dynasty * Engendered Narratives of Land Possession and Dispossession in Post-Colonial Swaziland * Dispossessing and Repossessing Civil Society: The Verein für Sozialpolitik, Gleichschaltung and the End of Social Politics in Germany * Dispossessed Dispossessors: Boston’s Anti-Integrationists and their Simultaneous Fight for Metropolitan Desegregation and against Intra-City Busing * Givers and Takers: Venice, Mamluk Egypt, and the Possession of Cyprus (1489-1490) * Peace Hacks, German Darlings, and Traitors: The Union of Democratic Control and the press’s dispossession of anti-war Britons during the First World War * “America’s Best Idea”?: Narrative, Memory and Dispossession in the Construction of National Parks * Demonstrations in the Deep North: CORE’s Urban Renewal Protests in Syracuse, New York, 1963 * Vexed Visages: Indian Portraits and the Politics of Passive Dispossession * Occupation and Preoccupation: American Religious Intervention in Postwar Japan G. Peter Jemison is a Heron Clan member of the Seneca Nation of Indians. He is the Historic Site Manager of Ganondagan State Historic Site. Peter is a professional artist and author, including 200 Years of Treaty Relations between the Iroquois Confederacy and the United States (co-author). His other writings include articles on repatriation of sacred objects, cultural patrimony, and human remains to the Haudenosaunee and essays about Ganondagan. He served as the co-chairman of the Canandaigua Treaty Commemoration Committee and on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. He currently represents the Seneca Nation of Indians on matters of repatriation.

Accommodations and Parking

Hotel: Conference participants and attendees who need accommodations should contact the Staybridge Suites located at 1000 Genesee Street, Rochester, NY 14611. (585) 527-9110. The Staybridge is located on the opposite side of the Genessee River from the campus and there is a footbridge which allows for easy access to the University. Participants will receive an email concerning accommodations. Some housing may be available with graduate students.

Parking: Parking is free on the University of Rochester the day of the conference. The closest parking lots are the Trustee Lot and the Intercampus Drive Lot. Do not park in a reserved space at any time. Please see the map for more information: Click here for a map.

All events will be held in Goergen Hall on the University of Rochester River Campus.