This panel invites papers which explore the ways in which the dreams of indigenous and non-indigenous people about each other have shaped and continue to shape colonial and post-colonial encounters.
There has been a long anthropological tradition of recording the dreams of ethnographic subjects in the field, often accompanied by an exploration of various local modes of dream interpretation (see the work of Seligman, Devereux, Roheim, and Lauriston Sharp for example). This panel invites papers which specifically explore the ways in which the dreams of indigenous and non-indigenous people about each other have shaped and continue to shape colonial and post-colonial encounters. How do such dreams elicit and predispose the dreamer and their consociates to certain kinds of action? How does the ambiguity and ambivalent nature of dreams and related oneiric experiences make sudden shifts to a shared reality? How does the context of this encounter from dispossession to detention, from exploitation to expatriation or tourism influence this shared reality? What kinds of interpretative schemata are applied to such dreams by the dreamers themselves and the recorders of such dreams? What kinds of wider social and cultural significance are attributed to both the dream and its interpretation? How do such dreams facilitate or hinder the ethnographic and/or social encounter? What part do such dreams play in revealing and/or constructing racial fantasies and realities between us? The panel itself will be an interactive experience. We look forward to eliciting and examining dream material from the panel participants in the form of written or visual expressions (poetry/short story, drawing/painting, video/photograph and performance).