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American Identities & Global Crises
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Saturday, May 14th, 2005
Centennial House, UC Santa Barbara

Click here to download the conference program.

The 2005 American Cultures and Global Contexts Graduate Conference, an interdisciplinary forum at UCSB, will explore the ways that identities in the U.S. and the Americas shape and are shaped by global crises, whether they are historical or contemporary.  This year we are pleased to host distinguished keynote speaker George Lipsitz, Professor and Chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and author of American Studies in a Moment of Danger, a provocative book about changes in culture, social movements, and the state prompted by the increasing power of transnational capital.

This year’s one-day conference will explore the construction of various identities in the Americas, including those associated with, but not limited to, gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, politics, religion, and profession. In particular, we seek to consider these identities in the context of various kinds of global crisis, including the exceptionally charged global environment of recent years.