Friday, April 27 - Saturday, April 28, 2012. Find video recordings conference
This conference seeks to reclaim white ethnicity as a complex and historically-situated site thatinvites reflections on those heterogeneous and hybridic identities that often challenge hegemonic narratives and histories. It situates European-American ethnicities in relation to recent scholarship on whiteness, transnationalism, and diaspora. It positions collectives such as Greek America, Irish America, Italian America, Polish America and others as historically distinct yet interrelated cultural fields, whose complexities have not been sufficiently recognized by scholarship. Conference participants investigate historical trends and recent developments in the cultural expression of these ethnicities, including revitalization of heritage, institution-building, transnational exchanges, hybridities, and progressive cultural politics that emerge in the wake of globalization and multiculturalism.