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>From: "Eric L. Martinsen" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Racing Across Borders (grad) (3/1/06; 5/13/06)
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>Racing Across Borders:
>National and Transnational Narratives
>An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
>Saturday, May 13, 2006
>Centennial House, UC Santa Barbara
>
>Submission Deadline: March 1, 2006
>Website: http://acc.english.ucsb.edu/conference/grad2006/
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>Keynote Speaker: Shelley Streeby, Professor of Literature, UC San Diego;
>Winner of the 2003 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize for
>_American Sensations: Class, Empire and the Production of Popular
>Culture_ (UC Press, 2002).
>
>The 2006 American Cultures and Global Contexts Graduate Conference, an
>interdisciplinary forum at UCSB, will explore issues revolving around
>race and racial formation and how these processes function differently
>as they move across a variety of borders such as gender, sexuality,
>ethnicity, class, discipline and nation. We are interested in how
>multiple racial formations arise and are represented within particular
>cultural contexts as well as what happens to these formations and
>representations when they come into contact with racial structures from
>other cultural contexts. Our conference invites scholars to investigate
>what happens to the concepts and constructions of race as they move
>across various contact zones, borders, and intersections, and how the
>increasing speed of this mobility challenges national and global
>assumptions about race.
>
>This one-day conference will focus on national and transnational
>narratives of race and racial formation. We hope to provoke discussions
>of both contemporary and historical narratives that emerge from the
>broadest definition of culture, encompassing literature, the visual
>arts, religion, politics, the media, class, music, ethnicity, race,
>gender, sexuality, law, commerce, and so on. In particular, one of the
>bigger questions we seek to open up, is what happens to race when we
>bring together Global studies and American studies? Is race elided or
>does it undergo a transformation? How do we discuss ethnic/race studies
>when they are globalized?
>
>We especially invite proposals that bridge disciplines and explore
>questions of race within different historical periods and diverse
>spatial constructions, national and international, in the U.S. and
>abroad. The conference will also feature an exhibition of artistic
>responses such as paintings, sculptures, and montages related to our
>theme, and so, visual arts proposals are highly encouraged.
>
>Presentation topics may include but should not be limited to an
>investigation of the suggestions below:
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>? Representations of the recent race riots in France ? Issues involving
>New Orleans?Hurricane Katrina
>? Gender in nationalist movements
>? Women's bodies and international human rights
>? Formula 1 racing across cultures
>? Debates around global languages
>? Labor across borders
>? Global tourism
>? Modes of travel
>? Travel culture: ships, hotels etc.
>? Mobility for men vs. for women
>? The global narratives of museums
>? Borders between disciplines
>? Transnational religious movements
>? Politics and history of rap/reggae
>? Global art
>? Global media and representation
>? Torture issues, black sites
>? Legalized racism
>? WEB Du Bois across borders
>? Narratives of First Nations
>? Border studies
>? American Renaissance transnational
>? Transnational Moby Dick
>? Historical discussions of Reconstruction
>? The Underground Railroad
>? Transcontinental Railroad
>? Issues around immigration
>? Colonization of the Americas
>? Reading The Tempest
>
>To Submit an Abstract:
>
>Please submit 250-word individual abstracts or panel proposals
>(comprised of a 250-word abstract for the panel as a whole and titles
>for each paper) to [log in to unmask] by March 1, 2006. Paste
>your proposal into the body of the email message and include any
>technology requests. If submitting a work of art, please attach a
>low-resolution image of your piece, if possible, in addition to your
>abstract.
>
>Submit to: [log in to unmask] Email Subject: Abstract for
>Racing Across Borders
>Deadline: March 1, 2006
>
>For more information about the American Cultures and Global Contexts
>Center, visit http://acc.english.ucsb.edu
>
>--
>Eric L. Martinsen
>Graduate Fellow, 2005-2006
>American Cultures & Global Contexts Center
>University of California, Santa Barbara

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