[URBANTH-L]AAA CFP: The End/s of E-race-ure in New "Latino"
lknauer at umassd.edu
Thu Feb 26 09:52:39 EST 2009
We are seeking paper proposals for a panel for the 2009 AAA meetings. In
order to be considered for invited status, we need abstracts by midnight
Saturday, February 28. Please send your abstract to one of the
co-organizers: Lisa Maya Knauer (lknauer at umassd.edu) or Angela Stuesse
(astuesse at gmail.com). Preliminary inquiries are welcomed.
The End/s of E-race-ure in New "Latino" Destinations: Transnational
Migration, Racial Identities, and the Transformation of “Middle America”*
In recent decades, Latin Americans of diverse backgrounds have flocked
to “Middle America". While some continue to find work in more
traditional immigrant destinations (New York, Florida, and the
Southwest), increasingly these transnational migrants—men and women,
indigenous, Afro-Latin, and mestizo, peasant and blue-collar workers—are
searching for life and livelihood in the communities of the Deep South,
the Great Plains, the Midwest, New England, and the Pacific Northwest.
They often arrive in small towns, or rural and suburban areas that have
little experience with or infrastructure for the newcomers, whose
presence is transforming social relations.
Anthropologists have led the way in exploring the problems today’s
migrants confront in these new destinations, as well as the challenges
for receiving communities. However, our studies have often lacked a
sustained analysis how race and ethnicity shape the ways new migrants
fit into and challenge established social and spatial hierarchies. The
historical and contemporary political economies of race and ethnicity in
“Middle America” are as diverse as its geographies, and their erasure
from our field of view limits our abilities to analyze experiences with
and understandings of new migration in a global economy. This panel
seeks to refocus our attention to the intersections of racialized
identity, power, and oppression while opening a comparative dialogue
that allows us to explore how these issues overlap and diverge across
Papers draw upon ethnographic case studies throughout the U.S. to
explore how these newcomers challenge existing localized “racial
formations”, while also pushing at the methodological and ethical
boundaries of our own work as researchers. How do Latin American
migrants shift the deeply entrenched Black-white binary of the U.S.
South. How does the presence of indigenous people for whom Spanish is at
best a second language reframe “Latino” identities? How do complex
ethno-racial identities, transnational allegiances and undocumented
status complicate possibilities for organizing and developing alliances?
Finally, we take up the question often bluntly posed by our informants:
will this research really make a difference? From their precarious
position, how might new migrants evaluate the “ends of anthropology”?
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