Monthly Archives: January 2016

CFP: 2016 Visual history conference in Mexico City

The Department of Social Sciences and Humanities at Mexico City’s Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Iztapalapa has an open calls for submissions for an upcoming conference. The theme for the gathering is “the image as a source for History.” The conference looks to develop interdisciplinary approaches to the study of visual history. The deadline to submit proposals is March 4 and the conference is scheduled to occur from May 16-18.

For more information, we’ve attached the event flyer:


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Research assistant opportunity in Texas oral history

Dear readers, we wanted to let you know that Texas Christian University and its partner institutions are looking for research assistants for an oral history project exploring African American and Latino history in Texas. It’s a paid opportunity that will take place over the summer.

Research  Assistants  (RAs)  will  be assigned to selected  field sites  in  Texas  for  eight  weeks of  full-time  oral  history fieldwork.  With  assistance  from  the project  directors,  RAs  will  contact  gatekeepers,  consultants, and  community  leaders and  then  interview  a wide  range of  activists who contributed  to  the black  and brown freedom  struggles  (broadly  defined) in their  respective cities.  RAs will  also manage and process  digital  video interview  data  to add the project  website.   Work will  begin with a  two-day  training  and workshop at  TCU  on  June  2-3, 2016;  will  continue with  fieldwork  taking  place June 6  to  July  30 (including  a retreat  around  the 4th  of  July);  and  conclude  with a  two-day  wrap-up  meeting  and data processing at TCU on August 1-2, 2016.

For more information, follow the link:

Civil Rights in Black  and  Brown: Oral History  of the  Multiracial  Freedom  Struggle  in Texas

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Embracing Transnationalism and Rethinking Fundamentalisms: A Review of the Borderlands and Frontiers Studies Committee Meeting at the 130th AHA Annual Conference




Embracing Transnationalism and Rethinking Fundamentalisms

A Review of Frontiers of Borderlands History: Gender, Nation, and Empire – The Borderlands and Frontiers Studies Committee Meeting at the 130th AHA Annual Conference, Friday, January 6th in Atlanta, Georgia.

Participants: Elliot Young, Omar S. Valerio-Jiménez, Sonia Hernández, Julia Maria Schiavone Camacho, and Ramón A. Gutiérrez

Borderlands history is the study of a particular region – the U.S.-Mexico borderlands (for most of those attending this panel) – but it also might be more broadly conceived as the study of transnational processes that transcend borders. The chair of the Borderlands and Frontiers Studies Committee Meeting, Elliot Young (Lewis and Clark College) has demonstrated in his first monograph, Caterino Garza’s Revolution on the Texas-Mexico Border (2004), that borderlands history is at once tied to a specific region, but can also transcend it, as his recent monograph, Alien Nation: Chinese Migration in the Americas from the Coolie Era Through WWII (2014) shows. Unfortunately, I missed Elliot Young’s opening remarks due to the trouble I had navigating the vertical maze of the Marriott – one of the three enormous hotels claimed by the AHA last weekend.

I arrived while Omar S. Valerio-Jiménez (University of Texas at San Antonio) was talking about both the necessity and difficulty for borderlands historians to complete research in archives on both sides of the border, something he experienced while researching his monograph, River of Hope: Forging Identity and Nation in the Rio Grande Borderlands (2012). This theme, the importance of transnational archival research, came up in each paper. In fact, two overarching and overlapping questions emerged from this panel discussion. First, how is borderlands history “transnational” and what does “transnational” mean? Second, does borderlands history challenge cultural and national “fundamentalisms” and binaries or reinforce them? Continue reading

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CFP: Citizenship and migration conference, deadline extended

Dear readers, happy new year! We wanted to let you know that the call for papers deadline has been extended for an upcoming conference on citizenship and territory between Asia and North America during the nineteenth century. The deadline is now January 31, and the conference, titled “Traffic, Territory, Citizenship: Framing the Circulation of People and Goods between Asia and the Americas in the Long 19th Century” will be held at Binghamton University from April 15-16. From the notice:

The symposium will feature two keynote sessions, led by guest senior scholars Madhavi Kale (Bryn Mawr College), a historian of Indian indentured labor migration and Indian domesticity, and Robert Hellyer (Wake Forest University), a historian of international trade in Japan and the global tea trade.

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 workshop’s themes.

For more information, follow the link:

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