Transnationalism and the Red Atlantic

Project Director: Jace Weaver (Institute of Native American Studies) and Claudio Saunt (History)

This Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant-funded project is part of the Coastal Studies research category in the Willson Center’s expanded Global Georgia Initiative.

In 2010, the Institute of Native American Studies at UGA hosted a major international conference on the “Red Atlantic,” intended to explore the re-centering of Atlantic world history on the indigenous peoples of the Americas, much as sociologist Paul Gilroy did for diasporic Africans in his path-breaking book, The Black Atlantic. Particularly since the publication of the book The Red Atlantic: American Indigenes and the Making of the Modern World, 1000-1927 by INAS Director Jace Weaver in 2014, transnationalism has become a major theme in scholarship about Native Americans, particularly in history and literary studies.

In February 2020, INAS will host a conference on “Transnationalism and the Red Atlantic.” The invitation-only event will bring together a dozen of the top scholars exploring the field to see how transnationalism can be most effectively integrated into Native American Studies. The two-day event will be open to the public.