Cosponsors
  • Department of History
  • Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
Notes
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The Society of Fellows in the Humanities presents "Managing Borders: An Interdisciplinary Conference on American Immigration Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965."

In October 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act. Abolishing the national origins quota system, which had heavily restricted immigration from Asia and southern and eastern Europe for decades, the act introduced new systems that placed preference on immigrants’ occupational qualifications and family ties with the United States. This new arrangement resulted in a significant expansion of immigration from Asia and Latin America. At the same time, by newly setting a numerical limit on immigration from the Western Hemisphere, which badly failed to cater to the need of immigration to the United States for people in Latin America, the act led to the increase of illegal entry from the region. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, also known as the Hart-Celler Act, thus decisively shaped the patterns of immigration to the United States and global migration that still continue today. This conference aims to use the 50th anniversary of this pivotal legislation in 2015 as an opportunity to explore the latest scholarship on American immigration, assess the state of the field, and identify new tasks and challenges for immigration scholars.

Coming from a wide range of academic disciplines, including history, literature, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, political science, and law, participants in this interdisciplinary conference collectively seek to achieve a better understanding of issues and problems associated to American immigration today under the theme of “Managing Borders.” Broadly defined, “Managing Borders” encourages participants to examine the diverse roles of real and imaginative “borders” in the history of American immigration up to the present. How has the government developed and implemented policies for border control? How have immigrants crossed various kinds of borders, and what were their border-crossing experiences like? How have social, cultural, economic, racial, and psychological factors shaped the relationship, a form of border, between citizens and noncitizens, between ethnic groups, or within a single ethnic group? How has immigration to the United States, or border-crossing to America, fitted into broader trends of global migration? How have scholars conceptualized various types of borders in the study of American immigration and global migration? Finally, what kinds of disciplinary borders now exist in migration scholarship, and how can we transcend them? As a whole, the conference hopes to provoke conversations that would lead the study of American immigration in an age that is simultaneously borderless and border-raising.

Program

April 3, 2015  Friday

9:15am - 9:30am EDT

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

9:30am - 11:30am EDT

Panel I: Approaches to the Study of Migration
Diaspora

Kevin Kenny

Professor of History

Boston College

Disciplines Unbound: The Anthropology of Migration in the Pre- and Post-1965 United States

Caroline Brettell

University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology

Southern Methodist University

Comparative Approaches to Immigration

Nancy Foner

Distinguished Professor of Sociology

Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Chair

Jose Moya

Professor of History

Barnard College

11:30am - 1:30pm EDT

Break I

1:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

Panel II: Migrants, Culture, and Transnationalism
World War I and the Missing Events of Asian American Immigration

Denise Cruz

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Columbia University

Transnational Migration between the Hispanic Caribbean and the United States

Jorge Duany

Professor of Anthropology

Florida International University

2010—1924—1790: An Excavation

Matthew Jacobson

William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies, History & African American Studies

Yale University

Chair

Van Tran

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Columbia University

3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT

Break II

4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT

Keynote Talk
Introduction

Hidetaka Hirota

Visiting Assistant Professor

The City College of New York

Keynote Talk: The War on Crime and the War on Immigrants: Racial and Legal Exclusion in the 21stCentury United States

Mary Waters

M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology

Harvard University

April 4, 2015  Saturday

8:45am - 9:00am EDT

Arrival

9:00am - 11:00am EDT

Panel III: Admission, Settlement, and Borderland Life
Strangers or Neighbors? Mapping Chinese America before and after Exclusion

Beth Lew-Williams

Assistant Professor

Princeton University

On the Possibility of Imagining an Open Border in Tijuana, Mexico

Rihan Yeh

Junior Professor and Researcher

Colegio de Michoacán

Refugee and Asylum Policy in the Wake of the 1965 Act

Maria Cristina Garcia

Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies

Cornell University

Chair

Mae M. Ngai

Professor of History and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies

Columbia University

11:00am - 11:15am EDT

Break III

11:15am - 1:15pm EDT

Panel IV: The Incarceration Nation
Caged Birds: Immigration Control and the Rise of Mexican Imprisonment in the United States

Elliott Young

Professor of History

Lewis and Clark College

Unrooted Epiphytes: Conceptualizing Aliens in an Era of Mass Incarceration and Global Policing

Robert Koulish

Joel J. Feller Research Professor of Government and Politics

University of Maryland

Immigration Detention in the Risk Era

Hidetaka Hirota

Visiting Assistant Professor

The City College of New York

Chair

1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT

Break IV

2:30pm - 4:30pm EDT

Panel V: Theories and Realities of Border Control
Mass Deportation and Global Capitalism

Tanya Golash-Boza

Associate Professor of Sociology

University of California, Merced

Wrongs, Rights, and Regularization

Linda Bosniak

Distinguished Professor of Law

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Why Border Enforcement Backfired

Douglas Massey

Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs

Princeton University

Chair

Elora Mukherjee

Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Columbia University

4:30pm - 4:45pm EDT

Break V

4:45pm - 5:15pm EDT

Concluding Discussion
Participants
  • Linda Bosniak Distinguished Professor of Law Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Caroline Brettell University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Southern Methodist University
  • Denise Cruz Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature Columbia University
  • Jorge Duany Professor of Anthropology Florida International University
  • Nancy Foner Distinguished Professor of Sociology Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
  • Tanya Golash-Boza Associate Professor of Sociology University of California, Merced
  • Maria Cristina Garcia Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies Cornell University
  • Kelly Lytle Hernández Associate Professor of History University of California, Los Angeles
  • Hidetaka Hirota Visiting Assistant Professor The City College of New York
  • Matthew Jacobson William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies, History & African American Studies Yale University
  • Kevin Kenny Professor of History Boston College
  • Robert Koulish Joel J. Feller Research Professor of Government and Politics University of Maryland
  • Beth Lew-Williams Assistant Professor Princeton University
  • Douglas Massey Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs Princeton University
  • Jose Moya Professor of History Barnard College
  • Mae M. Ngai Professor of History and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies Columbia University
  • Elora Mukherjee Associate Clinical Professor of Law Columbia University
  • Van Tran Assistant Professor of Sociology Columbia University
  • Mary Waters M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology Harvard University
  • Rihan Yeh Junior Professor and Researcher Colegio de Michoacán
  • Elliott Young Professor of History Lewis and Clark College