Janet Ward

Conference Organizer

Professor of History


Email Address



Mailing Address

Department of History

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK 73019-2004



(405) 325-4765

Photos provided by the Western History Collections , the History of Science Collections and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma


Call for Papers

Transnationalism and Minority Cultures:
The Mid-America Conference
at the University of Oklahoma

Submissions for papers in the humanities, arts, and social sciences are invited for the 35th annual meeting of the Mid-America conference, dedicated to the interdisciplinary topic of "Transnationalism and Minority Cultures," to be held at the University of Oklahoma, September 26th-28th, 2013.

Transnationalism transcends national boundaries and highlights the interconnectedness of people and places, of local communities and the global processes that link them. We welcome paper and panel submissions that respond to the conference theme, such as in the following approaches:

  • Exile, Migration, & Diaspora Studies: transnational migration history; (trans)migrant and refugee experiences; histories of border-crossings; comparative diaspora studies

  • Transnational Cultures: transnational print and digital production; world literature; Native American intercultural transfer; transnationalism in music, sound, & dance cultures; film & visual culture in transnational settings

  • Theory & New Praxis: the transnational public sphere; transnational genocide/memory studies; transnationalism in educational studies; transnational geography

  • Transnational Citizenship: transnationalism's impact on indigenous and minority cultures; creative agency & subaltern cosmopolitanism; citizenship debates

  • Critiques of Transnationalism: access to the cosmopolitan class; transnational history "versus" comparative history

  • Transnational Communities: multinational / multiracial border communities; micro-histories of urban borderlands; "translocal" urban spaces; walls, borders, and boundaries

  • Transnational Activism: Native American studies and social justice; transnationalism & sexuality; globalized queer activism; transnational social movements and religion; feminism & human rights discourses.

    Faculty and graduate student abstracts on the conference theme are welcomed. Abstracts for individual papers should be 250 words. Panel proposals should contain a 250-word session description as well as three paper proposals and a moderator / commentator. All submissions should include a 1-page c.v. and audio-visual needs.

    Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2013, via email to the conference organizer: Janet Ward, Professor of History, University of Oklahoma: janet.ward[a]