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Winter Department Lecture- Katherine Ibbett

Katherin Ibbett - French & Italian Department Lecture

When: Friday, February 22, 2019
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CT

Where: Kresge Hall, Kresge 1515, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: $0

Contact: Department of French and Italian   (847) 491-5490

Group: Department of French and Italian

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Winter Department Lecture- Katherine Ibbett, University of Oxford

In this talk Dr Ibbett will think through accounts of river navigation from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century New France. These accounts repeatedly return to the difficulties of staying afloat in new waters, and to the techniques needed to do so. This body of knowledge shapes what Ibbett calls a literature of buoyancy; she'll ask how these concerns about staying at the surface shape European appraisals of Indigenous knowledge and behavior, and how we might think about them in relation to problems of what’s been called surface reading.


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