Locality and Region Seminar: Tuesday, 25 March

25 March, 2014 - 17:15
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Please join us for the next seminar of 2014 in the VCH/IHR Locality and Region seminars at Senate House.

Tuesday 25 March 2014 - 17:15 University of London, Senate House, Gordon Room G34


“Indigenous London: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire”

Coll Thrush, University of British Columbia


Urban and Indigenous 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 mutually constitutive. 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 there, 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 one ground of Indigenous history and settler colonialism.


Coll Thrush is a graduate of Fairhaven College at Western Washington University and the University of Washington, Coll Thrush 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.

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-e