The Center for Modern and Contemporary Studies at UCLA invites proposals for papers exploring the historical intersection of capitalist markets and racial identity for presentation at a conference to be held October 25-26 in Los Angeles, California.
The conference, titled "The Limits and Liberties of Markets: Race, Commerce and the Making of Modern Identities," seeks innovative scholarship that explores the ways in which members of racial and ethnic minority groups have historically used the market to imagine and construct a sense of identity.
The term market is to be interpreted broadly; however, we encourage research that reveals the market practices specific to a historical time and place. Proposals may focus on U.S.-based populations or those affected by the commercial, imperial, and/or cultural expansion of the United States.
A modest stipend may be available for participants to offset travel and housing costs. All essays will be considered for inclusion in a book that explores the key themes of the conference.
Please send a 250-word proposal and abbreviated (2-page) C.V., in either print or electronic format, to each of the conference's conveners. The deadline for the submission of proposals is 15 April 2002.
Prof. Henry Yu
Department of History, UCLA
6265 Bunche Hall
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
Prof. John Giggie
Assistant Professor of History
University of Texas at San Antonio
6900 North Loop 1604 West
San Antonio, TX 78249-0652
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