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Call For Papers

The Challenge of Diversity

A Conference on Global Minorities

3rd Annual Graduate Student Conference of the UCSC Center for World History

April 24, 2020 at UC Santa Cruz

Keynote Speaker: Priya Satia, Stanford University


In recent years, the resurgence of far right-wing nationalism has been one of the most profound trends within global politics. Among other places, this phenomenon has manifested in such geographically-diverse areas as the United States, Great Britain, France, Mexico, Brazil, the Philippines, Eastern Europe, and India. The shifting grounds of racial, ethnic, and national identities are at the core of this phenomenon. By inviting submissions under the theme “The Challenge of Diversity” this conference hopes to stimulate a robust discussion based upon research that focuses on the creation and experiences of minorities. Of particular interest are the many ways in which the idea of “diversity” itself has constituted the terrain on which racial formations have been constructed. We invite those proposing papers to consider a wide spectrum of issues affecting the minoritized.

This conference aspires to solicit projects that consider processes of past and present minoritization as well as the resistance they engender. We invite all research orientations that seek to analyze historical conceptions of minority groups and subject positions as well as the practices and narratives which have produced experiences of inclusion, belonging, and exclusion within national or other state forms. This conference especially intends to provide a forum for research with a focus on transnational and transregional constellations as well as comparative perspectives. By addressing the exposure of minorities to (and their challenge of) historical and contemporary mechanisms and policies of marginalization, we hope to stimulate reflection on problems related to both the normative discursive and material underpinnings of social systems.

While we anticipate that the majority of our panels will deal with particular historical experiences, this conference also invites proposals that concentrate on questions of theory and methodology. Such approaches might consider novel modes of interrogating the experiences of ethnic or racial minorities, sub-nationalisms or alternative sovereignties, religious minorities, anti-semitism, LGBTQ+ communities, or the operation of nationalist and antinationalist thought more generally.


Please send a 250-word abstract and a one-page CV in PDF format to cwh@ucsc.edu no later than January 22, 2020.

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