Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies


Migration: Discipline and Displacement
College of Liberal Arts Building (CLA), Glickman Conference Center
University of Texas at Austin
Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in CLA 1.302B.
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Thursday, April 26

3:00pm | Welcome Remarks
Jacqueline Jones, Chair of the History Department and Ellen C. Temple Chair in Women’s History and Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History, University of Texas at Austin

Miriam Bodian, Director of the Institute for Historical Studies and Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin

3:15-4:45 pm | Panel I: What is a Border?
Chair: Sarah Lopez, University of Texas at Austin

"Climate Change and Migration: Perspectives from the Little Ice Age"
Sam White, The Ohio State University

"Making Law on the Border: The INS and Immigration Law and Policy in Modern America"
S. Deborah Kang, California State University San Marcos

“The Borders of Europe: Death and Political Activism in the Mediterranean”
Barbara Laubenthal, University of Texas at Austin

"The Border as Construction Site: Building between 1924 and 1954"
C.J. Alvarez, University of Texas at Austin

4:45-5:30pm | Reception
CLA 1.302D

5:30-6:30pm | Keynote by Paul Kramer, Vanderbilt University
“The Geopolitics of Mobility: Immigration Policy and US Global Power in the Long 20th Century”

7:30-9:00pm | Conferee Dinner (Invite only; not open to the public)
Clay Pit Restaurant, 1601 Guadalupe Street

Friday, April 27

8:30-9:00am | Breakfast

9:00-10:30am | Panel II: Racial Differentiation and Migration Rights
Chair: Ruth Wasem, University of Texas at Austin

“Runaway Slaves and the Federalism Conflict: A Reappraisal, 1780-1860”
Allan Colbern, Arizona State University

“Unauthorized Migration: Notes Towards a Legal History”
Kunal Parker, University of Miami

“Destruction of Property Claims: Charting Immigrant Rights, 1880-1930”
Torri Hester, Saint Louis University

“White Illegals: Undocumented Italians and the Origins of the Spiral of Illegality”
Maddalena Marinari, Gustavus Adolphus College

10:30-10:55am | Break

11:00am-12:30 | Panel III: Migration Restriction in the Disciplining of Labor
Chair: Madeline Y. Hsu, University of Texas at Austin

“Controlling Labor Mobility as a State Building Process: The Ascendancy of the English East India Company State in Bengal 1700-1819”
Titas Chakraborty, University of Texas at Austin

"The Chinese Sending State: Managing Migration Abroad"
Fredy González, University of Colorado, Boulder

"From Filipina Supermaids to Cybraceras: Brokering Labor in the Age of Robotics"
Anna Romina Guevarra, University of Illinois at Chicago

"Soft Authoritarianism and the Bracero Program"
Alberto García Maldonado, University of Texas at Austin

12:30-1:30pm | Lunch (invite only)
CLA 1.302D 

1:30-3:00pm | Panel IV: The Limits and Uses of Asylum and Refugees
Chair: Benjamin Claude Brower, University of Texas at Austin

"Africa’s First Failed Asylum Seeker? The Tragic Plight of Dugmore Boetie and the Exilic Geographies of Sharpeville"
Benjamin N. Lawrance, University of Arizona

"On Sanctuary: Rethinking the Relationship between Refugees, Citizens and the State"
Laura Madokoro, McGill University

"The Persecution Standard and Asylum Advocacy in the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s"
Yael Schacher, University of Texas at Austin

"Assets of War: The Making of Vietnamese Refugees and their Strategic Military Uses during the Second Indochina War, 1961-1975"
Sam Vong, University of Texas at Austin

3:00-3:15pm | Concluding Remarks: Madeline Y. Hsu
Conference Convener and Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin

updated March 19, 2018