Race, Ethnicity, and Nation in Comparative Perspective

Graduate Student Conference

Department of History
The Ohio State University
19th April 2013
168 Dulles Hall

Spaniards encounter Americans in the New World.German Vampire movie poster.

8:15am: Breakfast & Opening Remarks


Panel One: Fluid Communities: Negotiating Religion, Politics, and Warfare in the Early Americas

Chair: Robin Judd

  • Jonathon Romaneski, "Religion of Rebellion: The Great Awakening and the Enlightenment in Lexington and Concord, 1740-1775"
  • Dani Anthony, "'They deserve to be harshly punished': Ethnicity and Governance in 16th-century Peru"
  • Timothy Leech, "'A Constitutional Army': The Massachusetts Provincial Congress and the Decision to Establish the Continental Army"

Discussant: Cameron Jones

10:15am-10:30am: Coffee break


Panel Two: Fragile Contacts Across Borders: Transnational Perspectives on Politics and Humanitarianism

Chair: Stephanie Smith

  • Sara Halpern, "Guardians of Humanity?: The Joint Distribution Committee's Bargain with the International Refugee Organization over Jewish Refugees in Shanghai"
  • Andrew Skabelund, "Tightropes and Balance Beams: U.S. Foreign Policy towards French North and West Africa in the 1950s"
  • Hideaki Kami, "Between Diplomacy and Human Migration: Jimmy Carter's Policy toward Cuba and Origins of the Mariel Refugee Crisis"

Discussant: Timothy Leech

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch


Panel Three: Contested Ideas of Ethnicity and Nation: Views from the Local Level

Chair: Margaret Newell

Cameron Shriver, "The Northwestern Confederacy:  Local Life and Federal Politics in a Native Region, 1788-1795"

  • Jessica Wallace, "Creating a Wartime Community:  Fort Loudoun's Overhill Cherokees and British Colonists during the Seven Years War"
  • Reyna Esquivel-King, "A New Hero: Examining Representations of Urbanization and Modernization in Atuad del Vampiro (1953)"
  • Megan Uhrig, "The Andean Exception: Indigenous Social Movements in Peru"

Discussant: Nick Crane

2:30pm-2:45pm: Coffee break


Panel Four: Changing Ideas of Race Across the Atlantic

Chair: Theodora Dragostinova

  • Jim Harris, "The Interconnection of Race and Nationality in the Interwar Anthropology of Sir Arthur Keith"
  • Sandy Bolzenius, "The Trouble with Black Wacs: Gender, Race, and Military Discipline during World War II"
  • Leticia Wiggins, "Institutionalizing Activism, Deconstructing Borderlands: La Raza in the Midwest, 1970-1978"

Discussant: Mark Boonshoft

4:15pm: Closing remarks

Black and white photo of soldiers on a train.A La Raza party voting poster.