Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies

Imaginary Indian Conference

The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies is pleased to announce

The Imaginary Indian
The Images, Stereotypes and Perceptions of North American Indigenous Populations in Central Europe

August 29th to August 30th, 2018

Senate Chamber, Arts & Convocation Hall
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

An International Conference and Collaboration of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies and the Wirth Alumni Network



“The Imaginary Indian: The Images, Stereotypes and Perceptions of North American Indigenous Populations in Central Europe” is a joint conference organized by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta and the Wirth Alumni Network (WAN). With this conference we wish to honor and celebrate 20 years of Central European scholarship and research of the Wirth Institute at the University of Alberta with a topic that invites Central European scholars to engage in a discourse, which is not only important to Canadian society and culture, but one which also demands critical attention and discourse.

We encourage a dialogue between scholars, both Central European and international, to explore as broadly as possible the topic of the images, stereotypes and perceptions of the North American Indigenous populations as seen from a Central European perspective. We particularly wish to explore this complex theme in the context of “the other”, “otherness” and “othering” and understand it within the greater discussion of marginalized societies, inclusiveness and belonging.

Inspired by the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action” and in the spirit of reconciliation, we seek to contribute to the academic discussions and scholarship on the topic and encourage a deeper appreciation and a better understanding of aboriginal cultures and indigenous populations, not only in Canada, but internationally as well.


Please click here to download the program!