2022 CHS Mini-Conference

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Engaging History: Legacies, Omissions, and New Directions in Comparative Historical Sociology

2022 Mini-Conference, ASA CHS Section


You can register for the Mini-Conference here.

(Note: All participants must register in advance for the event. We request that all participants register ASAP, before June 15. Registration is currently capped at 120 participants (due to space and COVID restrictions). All registrants will be asked to reconfirm their participation by July to ensure that we make room for maximum participation within the designated limit: 120).


USC Taper Hall – August 5th, 2022

8:30–8:45 AM   Welcome/ Introduction

8:50–10:20 AM  Panel 1: Targeted Medicine: Race, Disease, and Death in the US and Brazil   THH 202

  1. ​​Aja Antoine, “Racial Inequality in Tuberculosis Mortality in Atlanta, Georgia, 1900-1940.” University of California, Berkley.
  2. Surbhi Shrivastava, “From home to the hospital: Medicalization of childbirth among black mothers in nineteenth-century Brazil.” Emory University.
  3. Marzena Woinska, “Managing Micro-Interactions: The Cultural Meaning of Targeting.” CUNY, Hunter College.
  4. Danielle McCarthy, “How Death Gave Birth to a Gendered Anti-Black Field: A case study of the OB/GYN Profession.” University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

10:30–12:00 PM Panel 2: After Decolonization: Colonial Legacies and Connected Sociologies of Indigenous Land Rights, Political Movements and Global Migration Flows                            THH 202

  1. Rina Agarwala, “The Migration-Development Regime: Recasting Global Migration Studies to illuminate History and Class.” Johns Hopkins University.
  2. Mabrouka M’Barek, “The Proletarianization of Kinship-Based Qabilas: France’s colonial strategy to accelerate the Tunisian hinterland integration into global capitalism in 1881-1940.” University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  3. Mushahid Hussain, “Grounding Decolonization: Political Movements, Development Regimes, and the Prehistory of Bangladesh, 1947-71.” Cornell University.
  4. Ricarda Hammer, “Decolonization beyond Political Independence: Departmentalization, the Politics of Recognition, and Anticolonial Imaginaries from Martinique.” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

12–1:30 PM       Lunch


1:30–3:00 PM    Panel 3: Erasures and Eruptions: Processes of Denial and Persistence            THH 202

  1. Yannick Coenders, “Colonial Recursion: State Categories of Race and the Emergence of the non-Western Allochthone.” Northwestern University.
  2. Veda Hyunjin Kim & Joshua Kaiser, “Colonial/Imperial Unknowing: Erasures of Empire” Genocidal Violence from the 1948 Genocide Convention to Today.” University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  3. Na-Young Lee & Minwoo Jung, “The Persistence of Japanese Empire: The Transnational Network of Historical Denialism.” Chung-Ang University & Loyola University Chicago.
  4. Berenike Firestone, “Building the Big Tent: How Mainstream Conservative Politics in Post-WWII Germany Shaped Regional Trajectories in Far-Right Success.” Columbia University. 

1:30–3:00 PM    Panel 4: Categories in Motion: Contested Trajectories and Border Crossings THH 208

  1. Sunmin Kim, Carolyn Choi, Amy Park, and Joseph Chong, “Category Traversing: Early Korean Immigrants Eluding the American State.” Dartmouth College.
  2. Anjanette Chan Tack, “How Ethnic Gender Conflicts Shape Racial Alignment:  Gendered Racial Schemas and Ethno-Racial Identity Choice.” Yale University.
  3. Luisa Farah Schwartzman and Anne Pollock, “Drugs, race, colonialism and the making of the modern world.” University of Toronto & King’s College London. 
  4. Bryan Sargent “Historical Sociology and the Latent Heat of White Supremacy.” University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

3:00–3:30 PM    Coffee Break

3:30–5:30 PM    Plenary: Pathways to Knowledge in CHS                                                        THH 202

  1. Heidi Nicholls, “Seeing Race Like a State: New Avenues for Studying Empires and Racism.” University of Virginia.
  2. Anna Skarpelis, “Race in Parentheses: Historical Legacies in the Production of Racial Absence.” University of Basel, eikones & Social Science Center Berlin.
  3. Laura Kirsten Nelson, “Situated Knowledges and Partial Perspectives: Toward a Radical Objectivity in Comparative Historical Sociology.” University of British Columbia.
  4. Alannah Caisey, “‘Being Free’: A Critical Genealogy of Black Women’s Liberatory Pedagogies Through Scholar-Activism.” University of Pittsburgh.

6:00 PM             Drinks at TBD


Location: All panel sessions will be in Taper Hall on the University of Southern California-Dornsife campus. We have two rooms reserved (THH 202 & 208) but most events will take place in the larger auditorium THH 202. 

The USC Campus is a short train ride away from the LA Convention Center/JW Marriott where the main ASA Conference is being held. 

Attendance: We encourage people to attend the entire day’s events if possible. The plenary session at the end of the day will open into a Town Hall meeting for collective reflection on the day’s conversations. This is an opportunity for us to think hard about new paths forward for the discipline. 

Optional Drinks: We invite all participants–panelists and audience alike–to continue the conversation over drinks and food after the event. This informal gathering will take place after the mini-conference at 6PM. The location is to be decided but it will be nearby. 

Lunch: We are looking into providing lunch for all registered participants depending on COVID restrictions at the time of the conference. Please indicate in your registration that you will be present for this so we can arrange food accordingly.


Email for inquiries: chsminiconference2022@gmail.com

Co-Sponsored by the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Organizing Committee:

Anjanette Chan Tack (Yale University), Mishal Khan (UC-Hastings), Deisy Del Real (University of Southern California), Katrina Quisumbing King (Northwestern University), A.K.M. Skarpelis (Berlin Social Science Center, eikones), Omri Tubi (Northwestern University), Alexandre White (John Hopkins University).

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