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Adam W Warren
HSTAA 590
Seattle Campus

Topics in American History

Seminar on selected topics in American history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.

Class description

“Writing Indigenous Histories in Latin America.”

This course explores the practices and complicated politics of writing histories about indigenous peoples in Latin America, drawing on recent Anglophone scholarship that spans both the colonial and national periods. Looking comparatively across a variety of regions, it raises methodological considerations about how historians have combined the limited offerings of the archive with other research strategies to reconstruct and interpret indigenous pasts, working especially with ethnography and other cross-disciplinary approaches. In addition, it problematizes how historians have conceptualized indigenous politics and have historicized processes of colonization and indigenous/state relations in Latin America. In doing so, it questions how scholars have linked indigenous histories to broader theoretical concerns about colonialism, nationalism, citizenship, and race. Finally, this course asks how historians have (or have not) addressed the tangled politics of representation with regard to indigenous peoples in Latin America, and why. This course should be of interest not just to students pursuing a Latin American field, but also to those interested in comparative colonialisms, comparative ethnicity and nationalism, and the writing of histories of indigenous peoples in the United States.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Discussion seminar based on weekly readings. Please contact instructor if you wish to receive the reading list early.

Recommended preparation

Intended for graduate students in History and other fields.

Class assignments and grading

Course work includes intensive weekly reading assignments, weekly response papers, participation in discussion, and a 20 page final paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Adam W Warren
Date: 01/23/2008