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Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society

Center for Research on
Race and Ethnicity in Society

Contested Spaces, Contested Identities: Race and Ethnicity Across the Disciplines

CRRES Graduate Student Research Symposium
Thursday, April 19 (Keynote Address) - Friday, April 20 (Workshop and Panels)
Keynote Speaker: Professor Marcia Chatelain, Georgetown University

The Second Biennial CRRES Graduate Student Research Symposium will highlight research conducted by Indiana University graduate students interested in topics related to race, ethnicity, diversity, and migration. The Symposium provides the CRRES and wider IUB communities with an opportunity to learn more about the dynamic scholarship being done by graduate students at Indiana University. The Symposium will consist of a set of panels featuring broadly-related research, where each panelist will give a 15-20-minute presentation on his/her work. Each panel will be chaired by an IUB faculty member with a research focus related to the panel topic. All panels will be followed by a Q&A, giving attendees the opportunity to provide feedback and engage in a discussion with panelists.

This year’s Symposium seeks to interrogate race, ethnicity, diversity, and migration across a variety of topics, including, but not limited to: Politics, Revolution, (Trans)Nationalism, (Post-)Colonialism, Identity Formation, Education, Institutions, Eco-criticism & the Environment, Neoliberalism, Globalization, Aesthetics & Art, Human Rights, (Social) Media, Gender, Identity, Voting, and Elections.

Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2018
Send proposals to:

We invite proposals from any discipline that question the role of race, ethnicity, diversity, or migration in society. Please submit abstracts of 200-250 words for individual presentations. We also welcome panel proposals (250-word panel abstract + brief description of each presentation). Papers approved by the symposium committee will be placed in panels of three-to-four students. Each presentation should be 15-20 minutes in length (6-8 double-spaced pages). Panels will be designated one specialist moderator to lead discussion and present questions about the papers.

To access the complete Call for Papers, Please Click here


Keynote Address and Workshop

The 2018 Keynote Address—“Better Living Through the Humanities: Engaged Research, Public Scholarship, and Social Action Today”—will be delivered by Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University. Free and open to the public, the Keynote Address coincides with the April CRRES Speaker Series lecture, and will take place Thursday, April 19, at 4:00PM in the IMU (specific room TBA shortly).

Dr. Chatelain will also host a workshop, entitled “From Alt to Center: Career Development for Ph.Ds. in the Humanities,” over breakfast for graduate student participants on Friday, April 20, at 9:00AM. Space is limited at the workshop, and Symposium presenters will receive priority in regards to attendance. If you are NOT presenting but you are interested in attending the workshop, please contact Tamara Mitchell at

The author of South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration from Duke University Press, she teaches about women’s and girls’ history, as well as the history of black capitalism. She is currently working on the book From Sit-In to Drive Thru: Black America and Fast Food in an Age of Crisis, which is under contract with Liveright Publishing, a division of Norton and Company. Chatelain’s upcoming book will examine the intricate relationship among African American politicians, civil rights organizations, communities, and the fast food industry. Chatelain has published pieces in TheAtlantic.Com, The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She has also contributed to the popular podcast, “Undisclosed,” serving as the resident historian on a narrative arc about the 2015 killing of Freddie Gray by members of the Baltimore Police Department. In 2016, the Chronicle of Higher Education named her a Top Influencer in academia.


Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society
Schuessler Institute for Social Research
1022 E. 3rd St., Room 209,
Bloomington, IN 47405

Office Hours: Monday and Friday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm