An Interdisciplinary Conference Marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act



Event Date: 

10/23/15 to 10/24/15

Location name: 

Minneapolis, MN


Sponsored by the Immigration History Research Center (University of Minnesota) and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society

Conference Description:

1965 was a turning point in the long history of immigration to the United States. That year, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed into law the 1965 Immigration Act, a law that removed national origins quotas, reshaped immigration to the United States, and led to the creation of new immigrant communities. This conference uses the anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act to explore the connections between contemporary and historical migrations and communities in the U.S. We invite faculty, graduate students, independent scholars, artists, community advocates, and public history professionals from a wide range of disciplines to join us in examining all aspects of post-1965 immigration, including the ways in which it has affected the study of immigration before 1965. In examining how immigration has transformed the United States in the past fifty years, we hope to contribute to the development of migration studies across disciplines and to identify key directions for future scholarship.

Co-sponsors: Immigration History Research Center and Archives (University of Minnesota), which promotes interdisciplinary research on migration, race, and ethnicity in the U.S. and houses the largest archive of immigrant and refugee life in North America, and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, the premier professional association of historians who study immigration and ethnicity. Both organizations will be celebrating their 50th anniversaries in 2015.

Some conference themes may include (but not limited to) the following:

  • Borders and borderlands
  • Childhood and migration
  • Citizenship and belonging
  • Community advocacy
  • Comparative ethnic studies
  • Comparative North American experiences and perspectives
  • Culture and arts
  • Digital history and digital storytelling
  • Families and generations
  • Gender and migration
  • History, historiography, and memory
  • Identity and ethnicity
  • Immigrant rights and activism
  • Immigration law and policy
  • Immigration and settler colonialism
  • Labor and labor movements
  • Migration theories and frameworks
  • Public health
  • Public history and archives
  • Race and racial formation
  • Refugee resettlement, communities, and identities
  • Sexuality and migration
  • Transnational and diasporic identities, networks, organizations
  • Transracial and transnational adoption
  • Unauthorized Migration

Proposals due: January 9, 2015

We encourage full-panel submissions (including chairs/commentators) that highlight new research and perspectives, consider the state(s) of various specific fields and topics, and span the broad scope of immigration history and migration studies, including comparative and interdisciplinary approaches. Single paper submissions will also be given full attention. Final selection of participants will be made by the program committee. Limited funding is available for graduate student presenters through an application process. The selection process will begin shortly after the deadline. Notifications will be sent by email in May 2015.

For panel submissions, please submit the following (in 1 .pdf file):

1) One paragraph description of the panel, including chairs/commentators, and identification of the conference theme(s) the panel will address

2) Descriptions of each paper (1-2 paragraphs)

3) One-page CV per panelist

For single-paper submissions, please submit the following (in 1 .pdf file):

1) Description of paper (1-2 paragraphs) and identification of conference theme(s) it addresses

2) Presenter’s one-page CV

To submit your paper/panel proposal, visit: