History Department
History Department

IHS Workshop: "Layers of Contact: Explorers, Geologists, and the Creation of a Racialized Landscape on the Colorado Plateau, 1890-1939,” by Erika M. Bsumek, University of Texas at Austin

Mon, January 22, 2018 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Professor Bsumek’s paper will explore how Indigenous knowledge was appropriated by various groups during the exploration, mapping, and surveying of the Colorado Plateau.

Erika M. Bsumek, Associate Professor of History at UT Austin, is the author of Indian-made: Navajo Culture in the Marketplace, 1880-1940 (University of Kansas Press, 2008), and co-editor of Nation-States and the Global Environment: New Approaches to International Environmental History (Oxford University Press, 2013). She  teaches courses on the built environment in American history that cover the relationship between geography, climate change, and engineering. She is currently working on a book project titled "Damming Zion: Mormons, Indians, and the Fight over Resources on the Colorado Plateau, 1848-1980." Her research interests are Native American history, environmental history, the history of engineering, and the history of consumption and production. She is an IHS Fellow in 2017-2018.

Dr. Bsumek’s research has been featured on Not Even Past, including these interviews and original essays: Navajo Artisans at the Trading Post; Digital Teaching: A Mid-Semester Timeline; Climate Change in History; Study History: Help Save America’s Crumbling Infrastructure and Bring the Humanities Together with the STEM; “Her Program’s Progress”; Navajo Arts and the History of the U.S. West; and History Underfoot.

Read more about Dr. Bsumek and her work at:

Anthony K. Webster
Professor of Anthropology
The University of Texas at Austin

Please note: Due to a prior obligation, Professor Webster will depart early. We encourage guests to arrive a few minutes before noon, if possible, for a start time of 12pm sharp. Thank you.

Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email cmeador@austin.utexas.edu by 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 19.

Sponsored by: Native American and Indigenous Studies; Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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