The Comparative Wests Project is an interdisciplinary collaboration focused on exploring the common histories and shared contemporary issues among Indigenous populations and settler colonialists in Australia, New Zealand, Western South America, the Western United States, Canada, and the Pacific Islands.


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Emerging out of a yearlong Sawyer Seminar series at Stanford, the Comparative Wests Project is an interdisciplinary collaboration focused on exploring the common histories and shared contemporary issues among Indigenous populations and European colonialists particularly focused on Australia, New Zealand, Western South America, the Western United States, Canada and the Pacific Islands.

This web site serves as a hub between collaborators and those interested in learning more about the projects.

Future posts will include anouncements of upcoming seminars, workshops, conferences and research updates.

Call for Participants: Comparative Wests Winter Conference 2012

Building upon a periodic Sawyer seminar series being held at Stanford from 2010 through 2012, and a Comparative Wests conference at the University of Western Australia in February 2011, this conference will bring scholars together from diverse disciplines in the humanities and environmental sciences to explore these issues. Papers that explore the shared histories of European settler colonialism, the transformations of Indigenous livelihoods and rights, and concomitant transformations in the environment and the issues that endure today in these regions are particularly encouraged.

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