[URBANTH-L]CFP: "Asian Migrations," Binghamton Univ., Mar. 2006

Benito Vergara bvergara at sfsu.edu
Thu Sep 1 20:43:42 EDT 2005

Call for Papers

Binghamton University
March 24-25, 2006

Paper submissions are invited for a conference on Asian Migrations to be held at
Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY on Friday March 24 and Saturday March 25,

Plenary  Speakers

·        Anand Yang, Director, Jackson School of International Relations and
Professor of History, University of Washington: "Nineteenth-Century Chinese and
Indian Migrations in Comparative and Global Perspective."

·        Lisa Lowe, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of
California, San Diego: “Coolie, Middleman, Semiperphery: Reading Discourses of
Asian Labor.”

·        Wang Gungwu, Wang Gungwu is the Director of the East Asian Institute at
the National University of Singapore and Faculty Professor, Faculty of Arts and
Social Sciences, National University of Singapore (NUS): Coming and Going:
Issues in Chinese Migration Studies.” 

In addition a plenary panel on migration and political activism in New York will
feature Professor Peter Kwong, City University of New York, and Professor Biju
Mathews, New York Taxi Alliance 

The aim of the conference is promote conversations across a wide range of issues
that transcend disciplinary boundaries and help bridge the divide between
Asianists and Asian Americanists.  Our thematic focus on the reconfiguring of
Asian "cultures," identities, and communities through their migrations seeks to
bring together scholars who investigate both intra-Asian migrations and Asian
migrations outside of Asia, especially to the United States, and will include
discussion of the issues facing New York’s Asian migrant communities.

Potential topics could include the temporary transnational movements and
permanent migration; the roles of state in facilitating and restricting
migration; ability of specific markets (e.g., for doctors, coolies, or sex
workers) to create migrations; and the role of migration in the transnational
flows of religion and popular culture.

Paper and panel proposals should be sent to Professor John Chaffee, at
migrations at binghamton.edu no later than December 1, 2005.

Sponsored by: Asian and Asian American Studies Program, SUNY Conversations in
the Disciplines Program, Harpur College Dean’s Office, Binghamton Foundation
Eckler Funds, Sociology Department and History Department.

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