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Race/Ethnicity Network of the Social Science History Association (SSHA)

Dear Colleagues,

We serve as co-chairs of the Race/Ethnicity section for the Social Science History Association (SSHA). The 39th Annual Meeting of the SSHA is scheduled to take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from November 6-9, 2014. Our theme this year is “Inequalities: Politics, Policy, and the Past.”

Our main goal is to structure sessions so that they explicitly draw on an interdisciplinary group of scholars who hail from different institutions. The deadline for submission of abstracts is February14th, 2014. Note, all SSHA requires to submit at this point is an abstract. You can find more information at:,
including the Call for Papers.

We are hoping to put together a number of sessions that were discussed at the planning meeting, included panels related to the conference site and date:

Historical Anniversaries of Political/Policy Issues
- Haitian Revolution (1814)
- The Treaty of Berlin (1884-5) and the Partitioning of Africa
- Peruvian War of Independence (1824)
- Taiping Rebellion (1864)
- Beginning of WWI (1914)
- U.S. GI Bill (1944)
- Civil Rights Act (1964)

General Topics on Race/Ethnicity, Politics, and Policy
- Comparative Multiculturalism and Affirmative Action (particularly in Canada: Indigenous/First Nations vs. French vs. English)
- Racial Classifications - Historic and Contemporary (including Canadian categories)
- Race and Radical Social Movements
- The Muslim Experience(s), Racialization of Muslims
- Race, the Environment, and Sustainability

Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Political/Policy Issues
- Mass Incarceration
- Histories of Interracial Relationships
- Capitalism and Racial/Ethnic Niche Economies
- Higher Education (possibly with Affirmative Action)

Politics/Policy and Migrations/Immigrations
- Racialization of Refugees
- Citizenship and Racism
- African American Migration to Canada, during and following the American Revolution
- Diasporas of Different Kinds
- Maroons, Maroonage & Rural Black Communities

Note that any of these could also be roundtables, which serve to promote discussion and sharing ideas a bit more than traditional paper sessions.

You are welcome to submit papers regarding any of these topics, or on a topic relating to your own research.  If you would be interested in putting together an entire session, let us know and we would be happy to provide you with details as to how to do this. Feel free to forward this call widely, particularly to graduate students (there is funding available for graduate students to travel to the conference which can
be found at

Finally, please feel free to check our Facebook page, which you can find by searching for "Race/Ethnicity Network - Social Science History Association” or by following the link:

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email.

Joseph O. Jewell
Liz Onasch
Melissa F. Weiner