Working Group in Memory and Narrative present

2006 Annual Conference
"Diversity" in an International Context
San Francisco State University, November 1, 2006
University of California, Berkeley, November 2-3, 2006

-- All sessions are free and open to the public --

Schedule -- Conference Goals -- Contact Info -- Sponsors


Wednesday November 1, 2006 [San Francisco State Map]
Session at the Richard Oakes Multicultural Room, César Chávez Student Center, San Francisco State University, 4-8pm.

Welcome from Ken Monteiro, Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University (4-4:15)

Session 1 – Legacies of Pluralism (4:15-5:45)
Mary Chamberlain, History, Oxford Brookes University (Britain), "Memories of Race and the Formation of Nation: Barbados 1937-1967."

Richard Cándida Smith, History, University of California, Berkeley, "The Return of Pluralism: From Hybrid Cultures to The Motorcycle Diaries."

Robert Keith Collins, Native American Studies, San Francisco State University, "KATIMIH-O SA CHATA MOMAH? (Why Am I Still Choctaw?): The Directive Forces of Narrated Lived Experiences in Black Choctaw Self-Assertions."

Session followed by a reception in the Rigoberta Menchu Room (6-7)

Session 2 – "The Salt Song Trail," a Film Conserving Nuwuvi Cultural Practices (7-8)
Screening of The Salt Song Trail, followed by discussion with the film makers Melissa Nelson and Phil Klasky, American Indian Studies, San Francisco State University.

Thursday, November 2, 2006
Sessions held at the Geballe Room, the Townsend Center for the Humanities at Stephens Hall, University of California, Berkeley, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. [UC Berkeley Map]

Session 3 – Internationalizing Hybridity (9-10:45)
Richard S. Kim, Asian American Studies, University of California, Davis, "Diasporic Dilemmas: Korean Immigrant Nationalism and Transnational State-Making, 1903-1945."

Alessandra Miklavcic, Anthropology, University of Toronto, "Diverse Minorities in the Italo-Slovene Borderland: 'Historical' and 'New' Minorities Meet at the Market."

Michael Dear, Geography, University of Southern California, "The U.S.-Mexico Borderlands as 'Third Nation.'"

Pilar Riaño-Alcalá, Social Work and Family Studies, University of British Columbia, "The New Traffic(king) of Memory: Youth, Violence, and Peace Processes in Colombia."

Session 4 – Mediating Identities (10:45-12:30)
Kimberly Alidio, History and Asian American Studies, University of Texas-Austin, "Imperial Logic: A Filipino Teacher in 1930s Native America."

Ana Maria Mauad, History, Universidade Federal Fluminense, "The World as Imagined Community: Flávio Damm's and Sebastião Salgado's Photographic Representations of Cultural Diversity."

Liz Stanley, Sociology, University of Edinburgh, "Women and Afrikaner 'New Nationalism,' 1902-1948."

Tyler Stovall, History, University of California, Berkeley, "Napoleon's Children: The Curious Courtship of Republic and Empire in Modern France."

break for lunch (12:30-1:30)

Session 5 – Diversity and Activism (1:30-3:30)
Lauren Araiza, History, Denison University, "Vanguards in the Fields: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the National Farm Workers Association, 1965-1966."

Elizabeth Castle, Native American Studies, University of South Dakota, "Recalling Red Power: Movement Memory and Indigenous Activism."

Horacio Roque Ramírez, Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, "Queer Memories of Desire: LGBT Latino Life and Loss in San Francisco."

Lisa Rubens, Regional Oral History Office, University of California, Berkeley, " The Impact of Trans-national Feminism on the Politics of U.S. Women's Organizing: The Case of Cuba and Viet-Nam."

Session 6 – Gender, Sexuality, and Citizenship Rights (3:30-5)
Pilar Folguera, Contemporary History, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, "Feminism and Political Identity in Spain and the EU."

Martin Meeker, Regional Oral History Office, University of California, Berkeley, "Sexual Minorities, Rights Claims, and the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, 1964-1978."

Daniela Koleva, Sociology, Sofia University (Bulgaria), "'Normalization' of Jewish Women's Life-Narratives during and after the Communist Dictatorship in Bulgaria."

Friday November 3, 2006
Sessions held at the Geballe Room, the Townsend Center for the Humanities at Stephens Hall, University of California, Berkeley, 9am-5pm. [UC Berkeley Map]

Session 7 – Conversation on Diversity and Public Education in the United States (9-10:30)
Video presentation from the African American Faculty and Senior Staff Oral History Project, Regional Oral History Office, University of California, Berkeley

Russ Ellis, Urban Planning, Vice Chancellor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, "Personal Observations on Thirty Years of Diversity Programs at UC Berkeley."

Session 8 – In the Aftermath of Revolution and Dictatorship (10:30-12:30)
Marieta de Moraes Ferreira, History, Fundação Getúlio Vargas and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, "Memory, Dictatorship, and Democratic Transition in Brazil."

Ruben Flores, American Studies, University of Kansas, "Incorporación versus Integración: The Influence of Post-revolutionary Mexican Debates over Social Equality on the Sociology of Pluralism in the United States."

Selma Leydesdorff, History, University of Amsterdam, "' When My Community Fell Apart and My Neighbor Became an Enemy': Stories from Srebrenica."

Andrea Peto, Gender Studies, Central European University (Budapest) and University of Miskolc, "Narratives of 'Transitional Justice' in Hungary after the Fall of Communism."

Break for lunch (12:30-1:30)

Session 9 – Oral History, Participation, and Empowerment (1:30-3:30)
Rina Benmayor, Oral History and Community Memory Institute and Archive, California State University Monterey Bay, "Memory, Oral History, and Claims for Cultural Citizenship on a California College Campus."

Federico Lorenz, Centro de Pedagogías de Anticipación, Universidad Nacional de Luján (Argentina), "From Victims to Revolutionaries: Shifting Accounts of Political Violence in Argentina, 1980-2005."

Nancy Raquel Mirabal, Raza Studies, San Francisco State University, "Displacement, Politics, Globality, and Latinidades: Configuring Activist Oral Historical Work."

Andre Perreira Neto, Casa de Oswaldo Cruz (Rio de Janeiro), and Antonio Montenegro, History, Universidade Federal Pernambuco, "Oral History in Brazil: A Preliminary Report."

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Conference Goals

The Working Group in Memory and Narrative was founded in 1997 by an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars who viewed their mission as centered on cross-fertilization of new developments in historical, cultural studies, and social science research. The group's activities explore historical turning points as they became embedded in inherited habits and notions of good and evil, right and wrong, truth and error. The Working Group in Memory and Narrative has had two primary activities. It sponsors annual meetings, and it has published a series of books. The books often took shape during meetings and then were refined to deepen the topic for publication. More than twenty books have been published under the auspices of the Working Group since 1997.* By contrasting the functions of the varied forms of reminiscence and their intersections to create regimes of memory, these books promote a fuller understanding of how remembering and forgetting, patterns of narrative communication, and social practice come together to structure personal and collective identity within overlapping, but typically competing versions of what happened in the past and why.

Nancy Raquel Mirabal, associate professor of Raza studies at San Francisco State University, and Richard Cándida Smith, professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, have organized the 2006 Memory and Narrative conference to be held on their two campuses November 1-3. The theme for the conference is the conception of "diversity" as understood in the United States in relation to analogous efforts in other parts of the world to address long-standing patterns of exclusion. Conference presentations will explore the degree to which U.S. ideas of pluralism have contributed to an international discourse of equality and justice that influences how citizens of other countries evaluate U.S. society and its place in the world community.

Conference papers and discussions compare strategies for defining and resolving historical legacies of violence and subordination. Participants will explore as well the relation of social hierarchies within individual countries to global patterns of inequity and exclusion that Latin Americanist scholar John Beverly has called a system of "global apartheid." Over the past half century, following the banning of formal, legally sanctioned segregation, U.S. society has debated how best to organize the relationships of the many groups that constitute the nation. Public policy makers and scholars in the United States have developed a rich set of concepts on the concept of "diversity," concepts that built on deep pluralist traditions at odds with the nation's equally deeply rooted "Jim Crow" practices. People in the U.S. seldom hear of analogous debates in other countries. We all can learn from each others' experiences, for an international perspective offers a point of critical distance for examining one's own assumptions.

The conference organizers are both historians of the United States, long associated with the fields of American studies and ethnic studies, whose publications and courses have examined U.S. society in a more clearly global perspective. As faculty in two major public universities in the San Francisco metropolitan region, they have participated in their institutions' efforts to serve a state with an extraordinarily diverse population. They hope that the upcoming conference of the Working Group in Memory and Narrative, by considering diversity as an international problem generating diverse responses, will contribute to public understanding of the inescapable importance of public institutions remaining open and inclusive to all residents of the state.

Conference Organizers/Contacts

Richard Cándida Smith and Nancy Raquel Mirabal

Conference Sponsors

Organized by the Working Group on Memory and Narrative


San Francisco State University: College of Ethnic Studies, ARMMS, Project Connect, and ROMC

University of California, Berkeley: The Bancroft Library, The Regional Oral History Office, The Townsend Center for the Humanities

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*Volumes published in The Studies in Memory and Narrative series include Trauma and Life Stories: International Perspectives, edited by Kim Lacy Rogers and Selma Leydesdorff; The Roots of Environmental Consciousness: Popular Tradition and Personal Experience, edited by Stephen Hussey and Paul Thompson; The Politics of War Memory and Commemoration, edited by T. G. Ashplant, Graham Dawson, and Michael Roper; Art and the Performance of Memory: Sounds and Gestures of Reconciliation, edited by Richard Cándida Smith; Migration and Identity, edited by Rina Benmayor and Andor Skotnes; Gender and Memory, edited by Selma Leydesdorff and Luisa Passerini; Memory and Totalitarianism, edited by Luisa Passerini; Living through the Soviet System, edited by Daniel Bertaux, Paul Thompson, and Anna Rotkirch. Monographs that developed in the activities of the Working Group include The Clash of Economic Cultures, by Junko Sakai, a study of the interaction of Japanese and British bankers and entrepreneurs; The Stasi Files Unveiled, by Barbara Miller, a study of the publication of the archives of the secret police of the German Democratic Republic in 1992 and its effects on the German unification process; Dwellers of Memory, by Pilar Riaño Alcalá, a study of urban youth cultures in Colombia.

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