Movement and Migration: History Graduate Student Association (Stony Brook University, New York: 30 March 2019)Deadline: 1 Feb 2019
Keynote Speaker: Prof Mae NgaiContact details:
Organising Committee Co-Chairs: Lance Boos and Spencer Austin
Graduate students from all fields are invited to submit paper or panel proposals related to the theme of 'Movement and Migration'. In past years this conference has attracted participants from across the country. The conference offers graduate students an excellent opportunity to network, engage with new and innovative scholarship from multiple disciplines, and receive feedback on their research projects from fellow students and established scholars.
We are honoured to welcome Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History at Columbia University, as our keynote speaker for this year's conference. Professor Ngai is the author of numerous groundbreaking works exploring questions of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism, including the award-winning Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2004). She has also written on immigration history and policy for The New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. Professor Ngai is now writing Nation of Immigrants: A Short History of an Idea and The Chinese Question, a study of Chinese gold miners and racial politics in 19th-century California, Australia, and South Africa.
Paper and panel topics could include but are not limited to:
▪ Forced Relocation and Removal
▪ Slave Trades
▪ Migrant Labour
▪ Refugees, Exiles, and Émigrés
▪ Assimilation and Exclusion
▪ Immigration Policy and Policing
▪ Nativism and National Indifference
▪ Borderlands and Boundaries
▪ Nationalism and Internationalism
▪ Cultural Diffusion and Dissemination
▪ Global Commodities
▪ Spaces of Transit
▪ Circulations of Ideas
▪ Tourism and Travel Narratives
▪ Migration in the Arts
▪ Historical Memory and Its Uses
We welcome papers from all disciplines, regions, and historical periods. Submissions should include: Name, institution, and program of study; Title and a brief abstract (approximately 200 words); several thematic keywords to help us sort papers into coherent panels; Current CV. For panel proposals, please contact us to work out details. Accepted applicants will be asked to submit their full papers three weeks before the conference.
The conference will be held on the campus of Stony Brook University, about an hour east of New York City by car and accessible from New England via the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson ferry. The university is also directly serviced by the Long Island Rail Road's Port Jefferson Branch, which runs from New York City. Lodging is available on campus at the Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook.
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