Intercultural Origins of St. Louis and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1800-1840 - SLU Calendar

Intercultural Origins of St. Louis and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1800-1840

Pere Marquette Gallery, DuBourg Hall 2nd Floor

221 N. Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63103

To honor the bicentennial of Saint Louis University, The Center for Intercultural Studies

at Saint Louis University, in collaboration with other academic units, will host a

conference entitled "Intercultural Origins of St. Louis and the Trans-Mississippi West,

1800-1840" to be held on March 22-23, 2018. We will be exploring how the larger political, economic, and

cultural forces of the time intersected with the life of the city and the region.

Politically, the Louisiana Purchase, the debates about Missouri statehood, the opening

of the West, and the ensuing migrations had a profound effect on forging American

nationhood. Economically, the location of St. Louis city allowed it to become a

transportation hub linking several great rivers, attract much of the rapidly developing

continental trade, and become a major center of fur trade. The explosive growth of the

city would make it an early example of the challenges of urbanization. Culturally, the

relationships between St. Louis and the region demarcated a distinctive terrain at the

western edge of European colonizing empires and Indian homelands, where highly

diverse peoples and cultures interacted with one another and underwent profound

changes in the process. Walking the streets of St. Louis, one would encounter

Americans, Indians, Canadians, Creole French, Mexicans, Africans, both slave and

free, and later the Irish and Germans. As their mutual otherness was negotiated and

domesticated, it became an indigenous component of local culture.


We are especially interested in these cultural interactions, in the ways the differences

were navigated and creative adaptations made. Creolization, hybridity, and mixing take

place even if the dialogue between the various groups is asymmetrical and constrained

by relations of power. Other themes will include: St. Louis and Saint Louis

University, St. Louis and the Fur Trade, St. Louis and Exploration of the Trans-

Mississippi West, St. Louis and Slavery, St. Louis and the Indigenous Peoples, St. Louis

and the Politics of Statehood, and St. Louis and the Urban Experience.

Thursday, 22 March, 2018

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Professor Michal Rozbicki

Phone: 314 977 2690