Saturday, October 1, 2011

Graduate Center, CUNY Immigration Conference - Oct 14, 2011

Our conference is right around the corner!!!  You may now register, view the program, etc.  We hope to see you there!  View the poster (pdf.)



(New) Debates on Belonging: A Graduate Student Conference on Contemporary Issues in Immigration
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard Alba, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center
Date: Friday, October 14, 2011
Time: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Place: Graduate Center - City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue (@34th Street), New York, NY 10031





Hosted by the CUNY Graduate Center's Immigration Working Group (IWG)
Registration is FREE. Please register for the conference.
All information, including agenda, panels, and abstracts, is available at http://www.gc-immigration.org/gcimmigrationconference
Lunch will be served.

Conference Overview:

With increasing frequency, questions of belonging have dominated the news and public debates on immigration: from the recent introduction of anti-immigrant legislation in many states to the spirited organizing around the DREAM Act and the controversy sparked by Park51's proposal for a Muslim community center near Ground Zero. The prominence of such issues highlights both the fiercely contested nature of belonging in the United States, as well as how diverse groups - whether veteran or newly arrived, documented or undocumented, majority or minority, religious or secular - mobilize and advocate for their claims. While Congress debates and defers decisions on immigration reform on the national level, the question of belonging has distinctly regional and local manifestations.  Immigrants and their children are claiming their place in American society, in its schools, workplaces and neighborhoods.

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together graduate students whose own research bear on these issues.  (New) Debates on Belonging explores the many facets of immigrant belonging, incorporation and boundary drawing. Topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Place/region (communities, new destinations, urban areas)
  • Policy/activism/public health
  • Cross-national and historical comparisons
  • Culture and the arts
  • Citizenship
  • Dimensions of difference: gender, race, sexuality, religion, the body
  • Social institutions: labor and the economy, education, family, the media
  • Transnationalism
  • The second generation
Cosponsors:
  • CUNY Immigration Studies Initiative; 
  • CUNY Middle Eastern and Middle Eastern American Center; 
  • CUNY Sociology Dept.; 
  • CUNY Sociological Students' Association; 
  • CUNY Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies

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