The Michigan Council for History Education (MCHE)
and the Great Lakes History Conference invite proposals for:
“Collisions and Encounters: Migrations in a Global Perspective, 15th
Century to the Present”
October 11-12, 2013
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Professor Melanie Shell-Weiss, Director of Grand Valle State University’s Kutsche Office of Local History will present the Friday evening keynote address.
Professor Donna Gabaccia, from the University of Minnesota, will present the Saturday keynote address entitled “From Immigration History to Mobility Studies.”
The 2013 Great Lakes History Conference, to be held in conjunction with the Michigan Council for History Education (MCHE), will focus on issues associated with internal and external migrations. The Great Lakes program committee will accept proposals that speak to a broad range of topics associated with the research and pedagogy of migration that are of interest to far-reaching audiences.
Those audiences include immigration scholars, public historians, professors and teachers who all shape how we come to understand the significance of migrations. The theme of “Collisions and Encounters” suggests an extensive range of actions and reactions to migrations, and should attract a wide range of interesting presentations. Additionally we are interested in issues
related to pedagogy and assessment, asking fundamental questions about the way we teach histories of migration, and will ask students to demonstrate their own understanding of these very nuanced and important histories.
We encourage not only the presentation of research by academics, graduate students, and undergraduates, but also papers, roundtables, and panels from teachers, librarians, archivists, activists, and public historians that speak to the many “Collisions and Encounters” over time. Possible areas of scholarship might include, but are certainly not limited to:
--The impact of immigration on labor
--Identity, politics, and history
--Documentary projects, oral histories or new available resources relating to migrations
--Transnational history and our evolving understanding of immigration
--Migration’s impact on the law both internationally and locally
--The many intersections of race, gender, ethnicity, and migration
The deadline for submission of proposals, consisting of an abstract (500 words or less) and one- page resumé/c.v., is May 1, 2013. For full panels or roundtables, please have one contact person submit the materials for the group. Send proposals via email to the program committee in care of Gordon Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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