CFP Palmetto Connections Interdisciplinary Symposium, "Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity in the American South, April 9, 2016

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
January 29, 2016
Location: 
South Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Literature, Slavery

Palmetto Connections Symposium

Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity in the American South

University of South Carolina Aiken

Saturday, April 9, 2016

 

Call for Papers

Palmetto Connections is a regional interdisciplinary symposium that addresses issues concerning the American South. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of History, Political Science & Philosophy at the University of South Carolina Aiken and the Department of Humanities and Fine Arts at USC Beaufort. The Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers and panels for its third meeting, Saturday April 9, 2016, at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

 

This year’s theme is “Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity in the American South.” With the inception of the Black Lives Matters movement and in the wake of incidents of racialized violence, such as the June 2015 shootings at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, there has been greater focus on issues of white privilege and racism. Much of the work in southern studies continues to be strongly influenced by the traditional black-white binary of race relations. Recent immigration to the region adds another dimension. While most of the work on immigration and ethnicity has focused on other parts of the country, many scholars recognize the significant impact immigrants past and present have had on Southern demographics, politics, culture, religion, and society.

 

Some topics we hope to consider during the symposium include:

  • European immigration to the antebellum South
  • Immigrants and African-Americans in the Civil War
  • Constructions of Southern whiteness
  • “Black Lives Matters” and racial violence
  • Challenges of immigrant acculturation into Southern culture and society
  • Demographic, religious, and cultural influences of “new” immigrant groups
  • Representations of Southern immigration, race, and ethnicity in media and literature

 

Janet G. Hudson, Ph.D. will give the keynote address, “Why Didn’t WWI Change the South?: Centennial Examination of Black Carolinians Expectations of the Great War.” Dr. Hudson is an associate professor of history at USC-Extended University and the author of the awarding-winning book, Entangled by White Supremacy: Reform in World War I-Era South Carolina (University Press of Kentucky, 2009). She also has two forthcoming chapters regarding Black Carolinians during World War I in two different books—one focused on soldiers’ experiences and the other on civilian home front leaders.

 

We hope to draw papers from diverse fields in the humanities and social sciences, including history, political science, philosophy, American studies, media studies, literature, and religious studies. We welcome the submission of complete panels as well as individual papers from faculty and graduate students.

 

Proposals should be of no more than 200 words for thematic panels consisting of three or four speakers and a possible discussant. Proposals must include paper abstracts of no more than 200 words and a 250-word biography for each presenter. Individual paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 200 words and a 250-word biography.

 

Abstracts should be received no later than January 29, 2016. Please send them to Dr. Meaghan Dwyer-Ryan at mdwyerryan@usca.edu. If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified promptly.

 

Student Division of the Palmetto Connections Symposium

Call for Papers

The Department of History, Political Science & Philosophy at the University of South Carolina Aiken invites undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the region to attend the Student Division of the Palmetto Connections Symposium and present original research in front of a welcoming and supportive audience of students and faculty.

 

The Program Committee welcomes the submission of complete panels as well as individual papers. Topics for papers may come from a broad range of subjects and eras—they are not limited to the Symposium theme. Panel proposals should be no more than 200 words for thematic panels consisting of three speakers, plus a possible discussant. Panel proposals must include paper abstracts of no more than 200 words, a short biography for each presenter, and a brief letter of support from a faculty member. Individual paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 200 words, a short bio, and a brief letter of support from a faculty advisor.

 

Abstracts should be received no later than January 29, 2016. Please send them to Dr. Meaghan Dwyer-Ryan at mdwyerryan@usca.edu. If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified promptly. 

 

Contact Info: 

Dr. Meaghan Dwyer-Ryan

Department of History, Political Science & Philosophy

USC Aiken

471 University Parkway

Aiken, SC 29801

mdwyerryan@usca.edu

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