9-11 June 2011
University of Paris4-Sorbonne (France)
California as a place has meant different things for different people throughout time: whereas for Native peoples it has been experienced as the centrality of home and the cradle of cultural origins, for colonial settlers it has retained strong connections with the mythical farthest westward expansion of Western civilization and as a gateway for the reception of ideas, people and experiences since the 16th century. This variety of perceptions about California has been further shaped by the national boundaries that were implemented in the 19th century, dividing into different entities a space that in fact presents a geographical and historical coherence. The present forces of globalization have weakened national boundaries and in the process, regions have begun to take on a greater role in the creation of contemporary identities, economies and social networks. This three-day conference will examine the extent to which California has become a coherent region separate from but related to US and Mexican national identities, economies and cultural forces and how historical processes have shaped current realities of California, Baja California and Baja California Sur.
Aimed to facilitate transnational and multidisciplinary perspectives, the conference proposes three entries that represent three different levels of focus on the region:
- a first focus that considers “Tijuana/San Diego” as transborder region and invites participants to discuss the social and religious practices, the artistic creativity as well as issues of economy and urban planning which are shared by the two cities and which turn them into one same ‘place’ beyond the border division.
- A second level of focus is that of the Three Californias, and will deal with the cultural threads across the three states, the history of European conquest and that of Chinese migration as well as the contemporary movement of people across the peninsula and all Three Californias, in particular the varieties of tourism and its impacts.
- A third, wider focus will set the Californias in their national and global settings, looking at patterns of economic interaction with the outside world, environmental issues, US migration policy reforms, national borders and the dividing of indigenous peoples’ realities (both Baja California and South Mexican indigenous cultures) as well as the permanence of an imaginary California throughout time.
CFP deadline: 20th June 2010.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
James Gerber, San Diego State University (USA)
Pierre Lagayette, University of Paris4-Sorbonne (France)
Alexandra Sauvage, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur (Mexico)
Departamento de Humanidades
Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur.
Carreterra al Sur, km. 5.5, 23080, La Paz, B.C.S. Mexico.
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