Maps, Indigenous Territory, and the Problem of Anachronism: 2020 Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture

Colloquium | February 11 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Richard A. Rhodes, Professor of Linguistics and Co-Director, Canadian Studies Program

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Join Canadian Studies for the 2020 Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture. Professor Richard A. Rhodes will speak on "Maps, Indigenous Territory, and the Problem of Anachronism".

One of the more problematic tasks in studying the geography of language is charting shifts in the location of minority languages. Societies speaking threatened languages are often also under territorial pressures. Maps by experts have implications well beyond their best take on history, and the indigenous peoples of North America provide some of the most cogent examples. Professor Rhodes will address several examples of First Nations/Native American people that highlight some of these problems.