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Center for the History of New America: "Migration Metropolis" Conference

Thursday, March 13 - Events will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 14 - Events will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
When Mar 13, 2014 04:00 PM to
Mar 14, 2014 07:00 PM
Where Jiménez Room (2208) and Pyon Su Room (2108) in the Stamp Student Union
Contact Name Kris Warner
Contact Phone 301-405-305
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The Center for the History of the New America at the University of Maryland invites you to attend our upcoming conference, "The Migrant Metropolis." It will be held on March 13 and 14, 2014 in the Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland, College Park and is free and open to the public, with no registration required. Participants in this conference will examine how urban spaces in the modern United States have been built and re-built by the movement of people. The conference will focus on the impact of migration and immigration on the networks of cities, suburbs, and hinterlands long central to organizing American life.

Presentations and discussions will revisit traditional questions about assimilation, the role of racial or ethnic identity, and the formal (legal) politics of belonging by introducing a range of new vantage points, including: regional, borderland, and transnational community-building; the spatial politics of metropolitan inclusion and exclusion; the political economy of policing and incarceration; and global circuits of intellectual and cultural production. Scholars will examine how metropolitan spaces have historically served as catalysts for changing ideas about citizenship, for acceptable uses of state power, and for ongoing processes of racial formation. The Migrant Metropolis will foster conversations about the ways that urbanized sites are not simply places but also processes, integral to shaping political, economic, and cultural life in the modern United States.

A brief outline of the conference program is below; more details can be found at the conference website.


Thursday, March 13


Opening Comments: The Post-Hart-Celler Metropolis

Keynote Address by Saket Soni, Executive Director of the National Guestworker Alliance/New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice

Friday, March 14

Session 1: Building the Metropolis/Making Place
Speakers include Charlotte Brooks, Alicia Schmidt Camacho, David Chang, Laura Fugikawa, Volker Janssen, George J. Sanchez, Perla Guerrero, Willow Lung-Amam, and Eric Porter.

Session 2: Making Race
Speakers include Wendy Cheng, David Freund, Nathan Connolly, Samuel Roberts, Andrew Wiese, Leslie M. Alexander, Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, Ana Yolanda Ramos Zayas, and Julie Greene.

Session 3: Controlling the Metropolis
Speakers include Juan De Lara, Martha Gonzalez, Lorrin Thomas, Monisha Das Gupta, Christina Hanhardt, Jenna Loyd, Adrian Felix, Ana Elizabeth Rosas, Donna Murch, and Heather Thompson

Session 4: Metropolitan / Migrant History as Intellectual History

Speakers include Davarian Baldwin, Laura Liu, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, and Philip Ethington.

Co-sponsored by the Maryland Population Research Center

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