Monday, January 11, 2016

CFP Deadline Extended: “Traffic, Territory, Citizenship”

The Binghamton University Citizenship, Rights, and Cultural Belonging Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence is sponsoring a two-day symposium on "Traffic, Territory, Citizenship: Framing the Circulation of People and Goods between Asia and the Americas in the Long 19th Century." Organized by John Cheng, assistant professor of Asian and Asian American Studies, and Dael Norwood, assistant professor of history, the meeting will be held on April 15-16, 2016 at Binghamton University's Downtown Center.
     According to the organizers,
Most discussions about the Americas and Asia focus on trans-Pacific trade and migration, overlooking other circuits of movement and connection. We seek, instead, to bring scholars of the Americas into conversation with scholars of South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia to consider global diasporas from each region in the context of labor migration, capitalism, and the emergence of both territorial empires and settler colonial nation-states in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Open to any discipline, the symposium will combine sessions organized around questions drawn from participants’ research with presentations on primary sources. In addition to discussion and feedback on their research, participants will also collectively produce a digitally annotated bibliography of relevant scholarship and a digital archive of primary sources – both to be published online as an integrated exhibit to spur future research and support teaching on the symposium’s themes. More details about the symposium may be found on the meeting website.
    Proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum), a description of the proposed primary source for the digital archive, and a brief (one-page) biography or CV. Proposals need not be for full papers; the organizers are looking to start new conversations, so prospective or early work is welcome.
   Please send proposals via e-mail to by January 31, 2016.