Jessica Leslie Arnett, recipient of the 2015 James W. Scott Research Fellowship, presents “Between Empires and Frontiers: Sovereignty, Land, Labor and Belonging in Territorial Alaska” at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, in Western Washington University’s Western Libraries’ special collections on the sixth floor of Wilson Library.
Arnett’s research examines territorial Alaska as a geopolitical space in which the legal and political frameworks of settler colonialism and imperialism converged. Her research addresses ways in which Alaska natives leveraged the tensions produced by that entanglement in their claims on sovereignty, land, and belonging.
Arnett is a doctoral candidate in the history department at the University of Minnesota and a short-term Newberry Library Consortium for American Indian Studies Fellow. Her research interests were shaped by her own experience of being raised in Alaska from an early age.
Prior to her presentation, Arnett will spend a week conducting research at Western’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies as part of the opportunity given to her by the James W. Scott Research Fellowship. Funding for the fellowship is awarded in honor of the late James W. Scott, a founder and the first director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and a noted scholar of the Northwest. Details: Ruth Steele, 360-650-7747, Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu.