CTAS mini-symposium on Native American history – University of Copenhagen

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CTAS mini-symposium on Native American history

Presentation by Professor Stephen Kantrowitz (Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Fulbright Professor of American Studies, University of Southern Denmark) and Dr. Anne M. Martínez (Department of American Studies, University of Groningen).

Each speaker will present for around twenty minutes each on their chosen topic, and respond to each other's presentations. Dr. Martínez will present "Reappearing Indians: Catholic Discourses on American Indians in the West in the Early Twentieth Century"; Prof. Kantrowitz will present "Citizenship and Civilization: A Ho-Chunk History."

Anne Martínez is assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Groningen. She is the author of Catholic Borderlands: Mapping Catholicism onto American Empire, 1905-1935 (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), which Catholic Books Review declared "should be read by anyone teaching or doing research in American religious history." Her areas of expertise include American history and culture, 1848-present; Borderlands studies; Mexican American studies; U.S. Catholic history and culture; and U.S.-Mexico relations.

Stephen Kantrowitz is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also holds affiliate faculty positions in American Indian Studies and Afro-American Studies.

Prof. Kantrowitz is the author of Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy (Chapel Hill, 2000), which won the Ellis Hawley prize from the Organization of American Historians and was a New York Times Notable Book, and More than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889 (Penguin, 2012), which showed how Boston's nineteenth-century black activists, in seeking to recast their relationship to the nation, both helped to bring about the Civil War and to bind the policy of slave emancipation to the ideal of political equality. More Than Freedom was a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Prize and the Lincoln Prize.

He has also edited the collection All Men Free and Brethren: Essays on the History of African American Freemasonry (Cornell, 2013). His current work explores the transformations of American citizenship in the Civil War era through the experience of Wisconsin's Ho-Chunk people, whose struggle to evade removal sheds light on the powerful but uncodified relationship between citizenship and "civilization."