Annual Sonia Galletti Memorial Lecture by Coll Thrush

Date/Time: 
January 28, 2019 - 5:30pm

Indigenous London: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire

Annual Sonia Galletti Memorial Lecture by Coll Thrush (UBC)

Image credit: America Meredith (Cherokee), London Calling 1762 (2012)Image credit: America Meredith (Cherokee), London Calling 1762 (2012)Please join us for a lecture by Coll Thrush, Professor of History at the University of British Columbia, based on Indigenous London: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire (Yale, 2016). 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 share material from his most recent book, 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.

The Reading Room will close to researchers at 3:30pm.