IA Events

Seminar: 'London Entangled: Indigenous Histories at the Heart of Empire'

Publication date: Oct 25, 2013 1:40:03 PM

Start: Nov 7, 2013 6:00:00 PM
End: Nov 7, 2013 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN


Coll Thrush, University of British Columbia - Indigenous and urban histories have usually been treated as though they are mutually exclusive. Coll Thrush’s work, however, has argued that the two kinds of history are in fact interrelated. In this presentation, Dr. Thrush will present material from his current book project, a history of London framed through the experiences of Indigenous people who travelled here, willingly or otherwise, from territories that became the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Stories of Inuit captives in the 1570s, Cherokee delegations in the 1760s, Hawaiian royals in the 1820s, and more – as well as the memory of these travellers in present-day communities – show the ways in which London is an important ground of Indigenous history and settler colonialism.

Coll Thrush is a graduate of Fairhaven College at Western Washington University and the University of Washington. He formerly served as historian for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe in his hometown of Auburn, Washington. He is associate professor of history at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he teaches Indigenous, environmental, cultural, and world history and is part of a faculty working group on Indigenous classroom issues and decolonizing pedagogies.

He is currently working on 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. Beginning in the fall of 2013, he will be 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.

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 co-editor with Colleen Boyd of Phantom Past, Indigenous Presence: Native Ghosts in North American History & Culture. After the completion of Indigenous London in 2014, 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.

This event is offered in conjunction with the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, where Coll Thrush is a Visiting Fellow this year.

Refreshments at 17:30, seminar starts at 18:00. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required.