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Tinker, Tailor, soldier, Sailor: Gender and the Colonization of North Atlantic Worlds
Start Date: 9/22/2016Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 9/22/2016

Event Description
Special/Endowed AIA Stone Lecture
Amanda Crompton
Saint Mary’s University, Halifax Canada
From the early sixteenth century onwards, French, English, Spanish, and Basque fishing crews were drawn to the island of Newfoundland and the coast of Labrador (Canada), to harvest the vast stocks of cod, whales, and seals found there. Prevailing gendered notions of maritime employment meant that these crews were almost exclusively men, and so European colonization of Newfoundland and Labrador was largely a movement of males. Women formed a very small proportion of settler populations. The rarity of European female migration, and the choices made by Aboriginal peoples in engaging with these new arrivals had an immediate and sustained impact: many colonial men formed households in the virtual absence of women. This resulted in a re-purposing of normative masculine activities in unusual ways. Furthermore, the nature of European-Aboriginal interaction meant that the process of métissage leading to hybrid Aboriginal-European households would not emerge until the late eighteenth century (in Labrador.) Métissage and ethnogenesis can be fraught processes, and in this region, they only began centuries after the period of initial culture contact. This lecture will explore the demography of colonization in this North Atlantic region, the archaeology of colonial and Aboriginal landscapes, the gendered identities of men and women in settlements that were numerically dominated by men, and the (eventual) formation of new Aboriginal-European hybrid identities
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Law School  (View Map)
245 Winter Street SE
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6380
Room: 201 -- Paulus Lecture Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Ortwin Knorr
Phone: 503-370-6029
Admission / Ticket Info:
This event is free and open to the public
Event Sponsor(s):
Willamette University, Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology
Salem Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

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