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Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference
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10/16/2015 to 10/17/2015
When: 10/16/2015
Where: University of New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana 
United States

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The Eighth Annual Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference will be held at the University of New Orleans, October 16-17, 2015. The conference explores the meanings, forms, histories, and futures of solidarity in the Americas. While previous conferences have focused on North-South solidarity, this year’s theme seeks to complicate notions of international solidarity by exploring the multiple forms of imbrication between North and South. International solidarity has attempted to challenge national boundaries and nation-state identities. The same historical, social, and economic factors that created the context for contemporary solidarity movements also contributed to migrations, and these cross-border movements also challenge the boundaries of the nation-state. Migrants occupy a liminal space simultaneously within and outside of the nation-state. How has cross-border solidarity operated inside borders? What kinds of ties have groups in complex locations in the North-South divide established with each other? What kinds of strategies have they used, and toward what ends? How have these political projects varied across time and space? In what ways have cross-border solidarities shaped and been shaped by imperial power?

Previous conference themes have included Solidarity and Consumption, Post-Central America Solidarities, Labor and Environmental Solidarity, and Latin American Visions of Solidarity, with papers about cross-border labor alliances, human rights solidarity, and fair trade. For this conference, we are particularly interested in solidarity within and across borders in relation to Latin American immigration into the United States. How and when does immigrant rights activism relate to international solidarity? How do cross-border and international organizations challenge the binary of who is inside, and outside, of the nation-state?

Paper proposals should include a 100-200 word abstract and a 1-page CV, and be submitted to and by May 15, 2015.

The Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference is a working conference. Attendees are expected to read all conference papers (about 8) and participate in intensive discussion of each paper. If your paper is chosen, you will be an invited guest with conference expenses paid by the University of New Orleans.

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