CFP: Third Symposium on Asians in the Americas (6/13 Deadline)

Third Symposium on Asians in the Americas
October 1-3, 2014
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick)

This symposium aims to explore the multifaceted lives and representations of Asians in the Americas, past and present, and their intersections with borders, race, gender, nationality, geopolitical power, homeland, identity, and culture. We emphasize the presence of Asians in the Americas since at least the sixteenth century and their relevance for contemporary diaspora, globalization, and transnational studies.

The Third Symposium on Asians in the Americas builds on conversations and cutting-edge work presented in previous symposiums at Southeast Missouri State University in 2012 and Pepperdine University in 2013. We invite papers that focus on any aspect of Asians in the Americas from multidisciplinary perspectives such as history, anthropology, sociology, religion, art, education, literature, film, and popular culture. To date, scholarship in Asian American Studies has focused on East Asians—more so than South, Southeast, Central, and Western Asians—in North America. We especially encourage work-in-progress, new perspectives, and comparative and connective approaches that can bring research on Asians in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean into dialogue. While topics may focus on a specific group, country, or region, they should provide a general context to the hemisphere as a whole.

The symposium will take place at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick (Alexander Library Teleconference Lecture Hall) over two days (Thursday and Friday, October 2-3), with a pre-symposium event on the evening of Wednesday, October 1.

We invite submissions for individual papers, panels, and roundtables. Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words and a brief biographical sketch to Dr. Kathleen López (Organizer) by June 13, 2014: kmlopez@rci.rutgers.edu

Sponsor:  Collective for Asian American Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJCo-Sponsors:  Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Department of History, Center for Latin American Studies

Keynote:  Dr. Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Professor of History and Ethnic Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University

Organizer:  Dr. Kathleen López, Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and Department of History, Rutgers University (kmlopez@rci.rutgers.edu)
Co-organizers: Dr. Rick H. Lee, Rutgers University (rick.lee@rutgers.edu)
Dr. Zelideth Rivas, Marshall University (rivasz@marshall.edu)
Dr. Alejandro Lee, Central Washington University (Alejandro.Lee@cwu.edu)

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