Historians and anthropologists from two continents will gather at the University of New Orleans this week for the 2015 Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference.
During the two-day event, Friday and Saturday Oct. 16 and 17, scholars seek to explore the meanings, forms, histories and future of North-South solidarity in the Americas.
Under discussion: What kinds of transnational ties have groups from both sides of 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?
Invited participants will include:
Emma Banks, a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Vanderbilt University, and currently finishing
a dissertation on the politics of coal mining in Northern Colombia.
Tristan Call, a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Vanderbilt, and currently finishing a dissertation on the politics of immigration in the US South.
Aviva Chomsky, professor of history and coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State University, and author of Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of the Global Working Class.
Guillermo Fernández Ampié, professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and has written widely on the history of Central America and anti-imperialism.
Myrna Garcia, visiting assistant professor of American Studies at Indiana University, who is currently working on a book about immigration, labor, and activism in Chicago.
Lesley Gill, professor, Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, and author of the forthcoming book, A Century of Violence in a Red City: Popular Struggle, Counterinsurgency, and Human Rights in Colombia.
Margaret Gray, associate professor of political science at Adelphi University, and author of Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic.
Claudia Rueda, assistant professor of history at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and is working on a book about student protest in Nicaragua.
Suzana Sawyer, associate professor of anthropology at UC Davis, and author of Crude Chronicles: Indigenous Politics, Multinational Oil, and Neoliberalism in Ecuador.
The conference runs Friday, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the UNO International Center Room 112.
For more information, view the full program here. To access white papers prior to the conference, email UNO’s Steve Striffler, professor of anthropology and Doris Zemurray Stone Chair in Latin American Studies.