Call for panelists for SHAFR conference (due Dec. 1)

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Call for Volunteers
December 1, 2020
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, American History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations

Dear Colleagues, 


I'm looking for a panelist for SHAFR. Here is the call for proposals:

It's a quick turn around, but if you're interested, please let me know. I'm a professor of History at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. 


Beginning of panel abstract: US Carceral Colonialisms:


How has detention been used as a tool of U.S. empire? How have people subject to incarceration by U.S. colonial agents responded to their imprisonment? What are the legacies of the varied forms of confinement implemented across spaces targeted for U.S. colonial and neocolonial control? Together, the papers on this panel suggest that studies of the relationship between U.S. carceral and colonial practices expose the many uses of colonial detention and examine its consequences for understanding empire. 


The abstracts for each paper only need to be 50-100 words, so here’s a draft of mine:


Karen Miller: 

Carceral Mobilities: The Iwahig Penal Colony, the Philippines, and Interisland Labor Migration

Originally established in 1904, the Iwahig Penal Colony in the Philippines provides an example of the American colonial use of coerced interisland labor migration to reshape the archipelago. This paper illustrates that U.S. and Filipino administrators attempted to use carceral migrations to promote the spread of colonial power throughout the islands and to develop spaces that they saw as far away, both physically and symbolically, from the colony’s core. Penal transportation to and confinement at Iwahig were “a means of creating new forms of spatial distinction” that displaced indigenous populations and incarcerated migrant workers challenged.



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