Warren Center: Symposium on Global American Studies


Thursday, December 11, 2014, 8:30am to 6:00pm


CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Room (S020)


Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History presents...


Thursday, December 11, 2014

CGIS S-020, 1730 Cambridge Street

 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.       Gather; light refreshments provided

 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.    Panel One: Global Labor and Empire

“Corporate Empire: Fordism and the Making of Immigrant Detroit” – Saima Akhtar (Forum Transregionale Studien Berlin, Art Histories)

“From ‘Alien Labor’ to ‘Temporary Alien’ Employees: Migrant Rights at Work across Regulatory Regimes in the United States (1942-2011)” – Gabrielle Clark (American University, Law, Justice, and Criminology)

“Enigma of Intellectual Production and Transmission in Global Capitalism: Explaining the Worldwide Sitdown Strike Movement of 1936” – Joseph Fronczak (Harvard University, Mahindra Humanities Center)

“The U.S. Army and Colonial Military Labor in Cuba and the Philippines, 1898-1913” – Justin Jackson (NYU, Draper Program)

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Break

 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Panel Two: Race and Empire

“‘Sympathies as Broad as the Universe’: Globalizing Black Antislavery after Emancipation” – Justin Leroy (Harvard University, Warren Center)

“Black Sea, Black Atlantic: From Frederick Douglass to Leo Tolstoy, Images of the Caucasus in the Wake of the Civil and Caucasian Wars” – Sarah Lewis (Harvard University, Hutchins Center)

“‘Destined by Divine Providence?’: Rethinking the Continental Geopolitics of Early Nineteenth- Century North America” – Sarah Rodriguez (University of Pennsylvania, History)

 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.    Lunch

To order a lunch, email Larissa Kennedy (lkennedy@fas.harvard.edu) no later than Wednesday, December 3rd.  In your email, indicate any dietary restrictions.  Pay $5.00—cash or check, no credit cards—at the event.  If you attend they symposium without having ordered a lunch, bring your own or visit nearby quick options.

 1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.      Panel Three: Gender, Nationalism, and Imperial Power

“‘Women Ask Relief for Puerto Ricans’: The Transnational and Colonial History of the U.S. Welfare State” – Emma Amador (University of Michigan, History)

“Stitching the Seams of Afro-Latina/o Political Identities across American, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies Divides” – Jose Fuste (University of California San Diego, Ethnic Studies)

“The Feminist Subject at War: Logics of Racialization in U.S. Humanitarian Imperialism” – Elizabeth Mesok (Harvard University, Warren Center)

 3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.      Break

 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.      Panel Four: Expressions of State Power

“Debt and Difference: The Politics of Agriculture in the United States, Egypt, and India in an Age of Global Crisis” – Samantha Iyer (Harvard University, Warren Center)

“Nowhere to Hide: International Fugitives and American Power” – Katherine Unterman (Texas A&M, History)

“Philippine Disorders in the Able-Bodied Empire” – Allan Lumba (Harvard University, Warren Center)

“Mobilizing ‘Free Asians’: Asian American Soldiering through the Decolonizing Pacific” – Simeon Man (University of Southern California, American Studies and Ethnicity)

 Our co-sponsors:

African and African American Studies Department

American Studies Program

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

History Department

Hutchins Center for African and African American Research

Institute for Global Law and Policy, Law School

Social Science Division, and Dean Peter Marsden

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

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