The Race, Ethnicity, and Nation (REN) constellation at The Ohio State University Department of History examines the relationship between the concepts of race, ethnicity, and nation in a variety of geographical and chronological contexts. We are committed to promoting comparative analysis of three main sets of issues. First, we focus on the process by which ethnic and racial groups were formed within particular national and colonial contexts as well as the political, economic, and cultural implications of these differentiations. Second, we examine the significance of diasporic and transnational ties, particularly for marginalized ethnicities and racialized groups. Finally, we are invested in exploring the intersection of gender and sexuality with race, ethnicity, and nation.
Seminar events for 2012-2013
19th April 2013, 8:30am-4:15pm: Graduate Student Conference "Race, Ethnicity, and Nation in Comparative Perspective" (168 Dulles Hall). Sponsored by the History Department Race, Ethnicity, and Nation (REN) Constellation
26 February 2013, 12:30-2:00pm: Susan Gauss, University of Albany, SUNY: "Selling the Authentic: Indigeneity and the Origins of Mexican Beer" (156 University Hall). Sponsored by the History Department Race, Ethnicity, and Nation (REN) Constellation & The Center for Latin American Studies.
23 October 2012, 3:45-5:15pm: "A Comparative Conversation about Race" featuring OSU History Department faculty Alice Conklin, Dodie McDow, Lucy Murphy, and Mytheli Sreenivas and moderated by Theodora Dragostinova (168 Dulles).
18 October 2012, 3:40-5:20pm: Tony Michels, University of Wisconsin-Madison: “Commitment and Crisis: Jews, Communism, and anti-Communism in the United States” (168 Dulles Hall). Sponsored by the Melton Center for Jewish Studies with co-sponsorship from the History Race, Ethnicity, and Nation Constellation, the Modern U.S. History Seminar, and the Department of Comparative Studies.
28 September 2012, 12:30-2:30pm: Tara Zahra, University of Chicago: “Travel Agents on Trial: Policing Mobility in Late Imperial Austria” (168 Dulles Hall). Co-sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Seminar and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies.
Seminar events for 2011-2012
3 May 2012, 12:00-2:00pm: Erika Lee, University of Minnesota: "Asian Americas: Transnational and Global Histories of Asian Immigration and the Making of the Americas" (The Multicultural Center Great Room). Co-sponsored by Asian American Studies, the Multicultural Center, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, and the East Asian Studies Center.
5 April 2012, 12-1:30pm: Leslie Alexander, Lilia Fernandez, Margaret Newell, and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu (OSU History): "The Attack on Ethnic Studies: Power and Knowledge in the Academy" (download event poster [jpg]) moderated by Kevin Boyle (OSU History) (311 Denney Hall). Co-sponsored by the History Department Faculty of Color Caucus and the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU (DISCO).
14 March 2012, 3:30-5pm: "A Conversation on Ethnicity and History" moderated by Ying Zhang (OSU History) (168 Dulles Hall). Co-sponsored by the Premodernist reading group.
1 March 2012, 3:30-5:00pm: Theodora Dragostinova, Lilia Fernandez, and Ousman Kobo (OSU History): "A Comparative Conversation about Citizenship" moderated by Greg Anderson (OSU History) (156 University Hall).
9 February 2012, 3:30-5:00pm: Alexander Morrison, University of Liverpool: "Peasant Settlers as 'Poor Whites' in Russian Turkestan, 1865-1917" (156 University Hall). Co-sponsored by the Seminar for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian History.
28 October 2011, 1:30-3:30pm: Marixa Lasso, Case Western Reserve University: "Race, Nation, and War in Caribbean Colombia" moderated by Leslie Alexander (OSU History) (156 University Hall).