Immigrant America: New Immigration Histories from 1965 to 2015 An Interdisciplinary Conference Marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act

Country: USA

City: Minneapolis

Abstr. due: 09.01.2015

Dates: 23.10.15 — 24.10.15

Area Of Sciences: History and archeology;

Organizing comittee e-mail: ihrc-con@umn.edu

Organizers: University of Minnesota

 

1965 was a turning point in the long history of immigration to the United States. That year, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed into law the 1965 Immigration Act, a law that removed national origins quotas, reshaped immigration to the United States, and led to the creation of new immigrant communities. This conference uses the anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act to explore the connections between contemporary and historical migrations and communities in the U.S. We invite faculty, graduate students, independent scholars, artists, community advocates, and public history professionals from a wide range of disciplines to join us in examining all aspects of post-1965 immigration, including the ways in which it has affected the study of immigration before 1965. In examining how immigration has transformed the United States in the past fifty years, we hope to contribute to the development of migration studies across disciplines and to identify key directions for future scholarship.

 

Co-sponsors: Immigration History Research Center and Archives (University of Minnesota), which promotes interdisciplinary research on migration, race, and ethnicity in the U.S. and houses the largest archive of immigrant and refugee life in North America, and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, the premier professional association of historians who study immigration and ethnicity. Both organizations will be celebrating their 50th anniversaries in 2015.

 

Some conference themes may include (but not limited to) the following:

  • Borders and borderlands
  • Childhood and migration
  • Citizenship and belonging
  • Community advocacy
  • Comparative ethnic studies
  • Comparative North American experiences and perspectives
  • Culture and arts
  • Digital history and digital storytelling
  • Families and generations
  • Gender and migration
  • History, historiography, and memory
  • Identity and ethnicity
  • Immigrant rights and activism
  • Immigration law and policy
  • Immigration and settler colonialism
  • Labor and labor movements
  • Migration theories and frameworks
  • Public health
  • Public history and archives
  • Race and racial formation
  • Refugee resettlement, communities, and identities
  • Sexuality and migration
  • Transnational and diasporic identities, networks, organizations
  • Transracial and transnational adoption
  • Unauthorized Migration

Conference Web-Site: http://www.ihrc.umn.edu/collaboration/2015conference/