Friday, January 16, 2015

Interdisciplinary Conference on American Immigration at Columbia University

We are pleased to announce the following conference:
Managing Borders

An Interdisciplinary Conference on American Immigration Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965
DATE: April 3-4, 2015

LOCATION: Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University

(The event is open and free to the public, but seating is limited. Seating is first come, first served.)


In October 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act. Also known as the Hart-Celler Act, this legislation decisively shaped the patterns of immigration to the United States and global migration that still continue today. This conference aims to use the 50th anniversary of this pivotal legislation in 2015 as an opportunity to explore the latest scholarship on American immigration, assess the state of the field, and identify new tasks and challenges for immigration scholars.

Coming from a wide range of academic disciplines, including history, literature, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, political science, and law, participants in this interdisciplinary conference collectively seek to achieve a better understanding of issues and problems associated to American immigration today under the theme of “Managing Borders.” Broadly defined, “Managing Borders” encourages participants to examine the diverse roles of real and imaginative “borders” in the history of American immigration up to the present. How has the government developed and implemented policies for border control? How have immigrants crossed various kinds of borders and how were their border-crossing experiences like? How have social, cultural, economic, racial, and psychological factors shaped the relationship, a form of border, between citizens and noncitizens, between ethnic groups, or within a single ethnic group? How has immigration to the United States, or border-crossing to America, fitted into broader trends of global migration? How have scholars conceptualized various types of borders in the study of American immigration and global migration? Finally, what kinds of disciplinary borders now exist in migration scholarship, and how can we transcend them? As a whole, the conference hopes to provoke conversations that would lead the study of American immigration in an age that is simultaneously borderless and border-raising.
Check out the confirmed participants after the jump.
Keynote Speaker:
Mary C. Waters, M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
Confirmed Participants:
Linda Bosniak

Caroline Brettell

Denise Cruz

Jorge Duany

Nancy Foner

Maria Cristina Garcia

Tanya Golash-Boza

Kelly Lytle Hernandez

Hidetaka Hirota

Matthew Jacobson

Kevin Kenny

Robert Koulish

Beth Lew-Williams

Douglas S. Massey

José C. Moya

Elora Mukherjee

Mae Ngai

Van C. Tran

Rihan Yeh

Elliott Young