IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 423: Ethnonymic Borders: A Round Table Discussion

Monday 6 July 2020, 19.00-20.00

Organiser:Wallace Cleaves, Department of English University of California Riverside / Tongva Tribal Nation Claremont
Moderator/Chair:Kathryn Maude, Department of English, American University of Beirut
Abstract

Continuing conversations begun at IONA: Vancouver, this session will consider the role that ethnonymic borders play in our scholarship and community work. Ethnonymic borders are understood as the borders – real, perceived, past, and present – made by names applied to ethnic groups, impacting community identities, land acknowledgements, and scholarly organizations, among others. Mary Rambaran-Olm’s 2019 resignation from the ISAS board demonstrated that these ethnonymic borders are life and death considerations. This session asks participants to meditate on ethnonymic borders that structure our communities and scholarship. We invite participants to think about effective strategies for navigating/transgressing these borders in the past and present.

Participants include Tarren Andrews (University of Colorado Boulder / Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, Colorado), Sarah-Nelle Jackson (University of British Columbia), Dongwon Esther Kim (University of Toronto), and Adam Miyashiro (Stockton University, New Jersey).