Dear Colleagues,

As you know, COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 Ethnohistory conference. In its absence, the program committee of the American Society for Ethnohistory has designed digital plenaries and workshops to address targeted issues in the current world, and these events will take place on November 4-8. They will be free to all ASE members as well as non-members who are affiliated with a tribal nation. The highlight of the events will be the keynote plenary session on November 4th, which will incorporate presentations by and discussions with Indigenous leaders:

“Screening Sovereignty: A Conversation with Makah Documentary Filmmaker Sandy Osawa”

“Indigenous People and the COVID-19 Pandemic,” with Miryam Yataco, from the Peruvian Amazon, and Juanita Cabrera López, Executive Director of the International Mayan League

“McGirt and The Future of Tribal Sovereignty and Decolonization,” with Robert J. Miller, from the Eastern Shawnee Tribe

“A Coharie Perspective on Indigenous Water Research, Education, and Engagement in North Carolina,” with Greg Jacobs, a Coharie tribal administrator, elder, and leader

In addition to this keynote plenary, we will have the following plenaries:

“Authority, Interpretation, and Justice: Writing Indigenous Histories Around the Globe”

“Collaborative Research in Ethnohistory”

We also will have four workshops, in which smaller groups will engage in discussion around particular topics:

“Teaching Ethnohistory in the Age of COVID-19”

“Waves of Disease in the Americas”

“The Florentine Codex Initiative”

“Indigenous Studies International Exchange Opportunities”

A detailed schedule will be sent to registrants once it is finalized. While registration is free, we do require you to register in advance. Please register at the following link:

If you need to renew your ASE membership, you may do so here:


Pete Sigal
Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
Duke University

President, American Society for Ethnohistory