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This workshop is partially funded by the Mittal Institute. All questions should be directed to

Questions of migration are being debated across the globe with alarming urgency. Yet, contemporary forms of migration and the debates that arise from them are underscored by historical processes often rooted in concerns related to race, gender, sexuality, labor, class, and the state. This workshop aims to pull together scholars committed to the study of migration to and in the Americas during the modern period. Our purpose is to bring together a small group of scholars whose historical engagement with questions of migration can speak across histories of migration often bracketed into smaller subfields and Area Studies. In this regard, we hope to facilitate a larger conversation that underscores the various historical concerns that have produced mobility for some and immobility for others, and, at times, sustained shifting relations between mobility and immobility. We are absolutely delighted that Professor Grace Peña Delgado has agreed to deliver keynote remarks.

We invite Ph.D. candidates in their completion year and junior scholars to submit proposals. Projects must be rooted in extensive archival research and can vary in scale from the local to the global. We encourage scholarship in the fields of History, American, African American, Asian American, Latinx, and Native American Studies. 

Possible themes may include:

  • race, gender, class, and sexuality
  • empire and diaspora
  • settler colonialism and indigenous studies
  • environmental studies
  • racial capitalism
  • critical disability studies
  • geography and spatiality 
  • carceral studies
  • biopolitics
  • labor studies
  • borders, borderlands, and bordering
  • law, politics, and intellectual history

Participation in this workshop provides an opportunity to build sustained and robust conversation between faculty members and an emerging cohort of scholars. Our aim is to open conversation among advancing and more senior scholars to provide substantive feedback on work-in-progress. Accepted proposals will be grouped into panels of three with one faculty commentator per paper. 

We invite submissions in English from individuals at all universities. Interested applicants should submit a 400-word proposal in PDF format by May 15th to All submissions should also include the author’s name, university, and stage of research. Please note that full papers must be submitted by August 10th, 2019 for circulation with workshop participants. This workshop will convene on Thursday, September 12th and Friday, September 13th at Harvard University. Participants are asked to stay for the full duration of the workshop.

While we wish we could provide bursaries for each participant, our funding is limited. We anticipate reimbursing travel and lodging up to $200. Participants are also encouraged to seek university funding if it is available. Meals will be provided throughout the workshop.


  • Hardeep Dhillon, PhD Candidate in History
  • Catie Peters, PhD Candidate in American Studies

Faculty Sponsors:

  • Lorgia García-Peña
  • Kendra Field
  • Philip Deloria
  • Erez Manela
  • Sunil Amrith
  • Walter Johnson