CFP: AHA Panel: (Im)migrants in New York City Negotiating National and Civic Citizenship in the Early 20th Century

(Jan 30, 2015)

Dan Elan (Bowling Green State University) is seeking seeking an additional member for a proposed panel for the 2016 American Historical Association meeting in Atlanta. The tentative title for this panel is "(Im)migrants in New York City Negotiating National and Civic Citizenship in the Early 20th Century." Proposed is a paper discussing dialogue, and the potential for joint activism, between Puerto Ricans and black residents of 1920s Harlem focused around the notion of citizenship and belonging. A second panelist will be proposing a paper which focuses on German and Irish perspectives on the debates in New York around the 1924 Immigration Act, which limited immigrant numbers to 2% of the 1890 census figures and stirred up debates around the postwar issues of national identity and "Americanism." Although the cal does not currently specify an  Italian American dimension, the panel might be of broad interest to IASA members.

In keeping with the “neighbors” aspect of this year’s AHA theme, we are mostly interested in (im)migration studies papers which focus on New York City. Papers which touch upon negotiations of citizenship or belonging, either on a local or national level, and either through the formal political process or through informal, discursive processes are of interest. If interested, please send a brief informal description of your proposed paper to daelkan@bgsu.edu as soon as possible. Responses will be sent early February.