Association for Ethnic Studies Conference

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Association for Ethnic Studies / Department of Ethnic Studies at BGSU

November 5-6, 2021 | Bowling Green State University

Bowen Thompson Student Union

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The department of Ethnic Studies at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, is excited to host the 2021 Association for Ethnic Studies conference. Originally planned for 2020 to mark the celebration of the 50th anniversary of BGSU’s Ethnic Studies program, the conference was postponed and now is rescheduled for Nov. 5 and 6, 2021. This will be an opportunity to look back upon the history of the scholarly field of ethnic studies and the social movements that forced the academy to accommodate it. In celebrating our history, we are also mindful of assessing our contemporary moment and the challenges of struggles for justice and equality in the future. We will meet soon after either the beginning of the post-Trump era or its continuation. Either way, the moment will reveal much about the underlying dynamics of American culture and society and be long recognized as a critical turning point in the nation’s history.

This is a moment to think about and understand the changing nature of activism in the 21st century. 2020 witnessed a historic upsurge in antiracist activism. What were the long-term consequences of these movements? How do we assess the nature of civil organization and social change in a social media environment in which much organizing happens outside of public view? What are the linkages and disconnections between academic and civic activism at this juncture?

Conference Fees:

The Association for Ethnic Studies membership portal is open. If you plan to enroll for a new membership or to renew please choose the member rates when submitting your registration and payment for this conference.

  • Student/Community Member Rate: $40
    This category is intended for undergraduate and graduate students, community members, and others with limited or no institutional financial support.
  • Member Full Rate: $125
    This category is intended for faculty members and staff of non-profits or other organizations that may be able to provide institutional financial support.
  • Student/Community Non-Member Rate: $60
    This category is intended for undergraduate and graduate students, community members, and others with limited or no institutional financial support.
  • Non-Member Full Rate: $150
    This category is intended for faculty members and staff of non-profits or other organizations that may be able to provide institutional financial support.
  • Sustainer Rate (Member or Non-Member) : $275
    This category is intended for those who have the means to provide extra financial support. Sustainers help provide our all-volunteer, member-supported association with needed resources to carry forward the work of the AES.

Friday, November 5, 2021

Time Scheduled Activity
8:30 AM  Conference Registration
Location TBA 
9:00 - 10:15 AM Concurrent Sessions

PANEL: African American Musical Traditions

  • "He Plays Poorly of the Fiddle": 18th Century Enslaved Musicians Running and Performing, Steven Stendebach 
  • “Ev’y man have some principle ter stan’ on:” Resounding Calls of Self-Fashioning in African American Folk Songs, Ellie Armon-Azoulay 
  • TikTok Hip-Hop: Polycultural Possibilities, Isabella Zou

PANEL: The Policing of Racialized Communities 

  • Safety or Surveillance: Race, Public Space, and Mobility in Detroit, William Ben Daniels 
  • Whiteness and Police Propaganda in the Wake of Ferguson, Heath Schultz 
  • The Materiality and Performativity of Tear Gas and Racialized Communities, Cecilia Frescas-Ortiz 
10:30 - 11:45 AM Concurrent Sessions

PANEL: Latin@/x Activism & Pedagogy

  • Social Media and Latinx Movements, Angelica Sanchez 
  • People-of-Color Activism, The Making of the Chicana/o Studies Movement and Academic Discipline: The UCLA Experiment, Jose G. Moreno 
  • Nuancing Latin@/x Studies: Reflections on Teaching Afro-Latinidad to Majority Latin@/x Classrooms at a Public, Predominantly White Pennsylvania Institution, Justin D. García

PANEL: Asian and Pacific Islander American Activism 

  • Coming in First: Reclaiming Representation in Filipina/o American Athletic History and Popular Culture, 1920-1965, Joshua G. Acosta 
  • Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Intersectional Feminism & Anti-Racist Activism from 1969-2020, Winnie Tam Hung
  • Can Asian Immigrants Speak? White, Asian American, and Immigrant Trio, Sheng-mei Ma
12:00 - 1:30 PM Luncheon
Welcoming Remarks from Association for Ethnic Studies President Julia Jordan-Zachery
1:45 - 3:00 PM Concurrent Sessions

PANEL: Transnational Identities 

  • Virtual Festivals: Transforming Bharata Natyam Techniques, Compositions, and Themes within US-based Online Platforms, Rohini Acharya 
  • Between Integration and Transnationalism: a study of Bangladeshi immigrant community in Los Angeles, Hasan Mahmud 
  • Resilience and Religious Belonging of Multicultural and Multinational Encounters in the “Infidel Izmir”, Ediz Hazir

PANEL: Mapping Multiplicities as Scholar-Activists & Artists in Ohio 


  • Suparna Bhaskaran
  • Reiya Bhat 
  • Antoinette Charfauros McDaniel
  • Rojika Sharma
  • Emily Hanako Momohara
  • Rebecca Nelson 
3:15 - 4:30 PM Concurrent Sessions

PANEL: 21st Century Regional Ethnic Conflicts 

  • If the Mass Atrocities Against the Anglophone Cameroonians is not Genocide, What then is it?, Nicholas Idris Ermeh & Victor Ojakorotu 
  • The Rohingya Persecution: Dynamics of Ethnoreligious Conflict in Myanmar, Ala Uddin 
  • Different levels of ethnic kinship: The next step in cross-border minority issues?, Darius Ruda

PANEL: Masculinity and Racial Construction 

  • One time, I took a swim in [De]nial: The Currents of Anti-Blackness and Reimagining Black Masculinities in the age of #BlackBoyJoy, Rob Barry 
  • The Original Black Panther: Regis Siki, Pro Wrestling, and the Framing of African Identities in the U.S., Thomas J. Edge 
  • The Cajun Man’s Burden: Empire, Race, Identity, and Historiography 1863-1873, Jessica DeJohn Bergen
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Screening of Chinatown Rising

  • Featuring Q&A with Producer/Co-Director Josh Chuck  

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Time Scheduled Activity
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Conversation with Editors of the Ethnic Studies Review


  • Natchee Barnd 
  • Jason Magabo Perez 
  • Vineeta Singh 
10:30 - 11:45 AM Concurrent Sessions

PANEL: Feminist Discourses

  • White Witches and White Feminism: Race and Gender in Spiritual Feminist Discourse Past and Present, Stevie Scheurich 
  • Feminist Mosaic Checkpoint: Her Voice-Her Story, Shenée L. Simon & Coda Rayo-Garza

PANEL: Bringing Ethnic Studies to Ohio High Schools 


  • Ariana Sanders
  • Lucas George
  • Zach Katris
  • Alicia Booker
12:00 - 1:30 PM

Luncheon; Featuring Baldemar Velasquez 

  • Keynote Address with Farm Labor Organizing Committee Founder Baldemar Velasquez 
1:45 - 3:00 PM Concurrent Sessions

PANEL: Native Cultures and History 

  • South East Woodland American Indian Designs & Body Decoration, Jamie K. Oxedine
  • Anti-American Indian Racism in The United States, Roger L. Nichols
  • Monuments and the Construction of White Memory of Native History, John King

PANEL: Intervening in the University Archive: 25 Years of Latinx Voices at BGSU


  • Susana Peña
  • Luis Moreno
  • Emily Edwards
  • Mark Sprang  
3:15 - 4:30 PM Concurrent Sessions

PANEL: Critical Approaches to Civil Rights and Equity 

  • Speaking the Language of the Unheard: James Baldwin at Home and Abroad, Nilgun Anadolu-Okur
  • Mississippi’s Closed Society and the New Massive Resistance, Marlena Graves 
  • "Paving the Way": A Critical Race Approach to Access and Opportunity, Dominick N. Quinney

PANEL: Ethnic Studies Pedagogies

  • The Educational and Health Effects and Impacts Of COVID-19 Among U.S. Essential Mexican and Latina/o Farmworker Families 1965-1980, Jose G. Moreno 
  • Developing Ethnic Studies Programs, Tom Morgan 
  • But What Does the Classroom Do?: Wonder in The Time of Black Precarity, RaShelle R. Peck        
4:45 - 6:00 PM Concurrent Sessions

PANEL: Trauma & History 

  • Storytelling and Trauma in Venture Smith’s Narrative, Mohammad Mizanur Rahman 
  • Considering pedagogical conocimientos in exploring intergenerational, historical and chosen traumas within schooling: Problematizing legacies of Americanization and Anglo-conformity, Jesus Jaime-Diaz 
  • Thomas Jefferson and the Woman-Snatching Ape, Justin Mullis

PANEL: Social Media Activism 

  • “The Revolution Will be Digitized”: Race, Technology, and Education in a Global Pandemic, Dominick N. Quinney 
  • From Assimilation Strategies to Challenging White Supremacy: Anti-Blackness Activism within Queer Online Communities, Danae Hart 
  • “Black People Did Dope S@*#: New Ways I Found Their Voices, My Activism, and My Advocacy”, Jacqueline P. Hudson
6:30 - 8:00 PM

50th Anniversary Dinner 

  • An Evening with the Founders of BGSU's Ethnic Studies Movement

The Association for Ethnic Studies (AES) has a long history dating back to the early 1970s. It began with a small group of scholars in the Midwest who, in 1972, saw a need for an organization which would bring together those interested in an interdisciplinary approach to the national and international dimensions of ethnicity. From their work came the National Association of Interdisciplinary Studies for Native-American, Black, Chicano, Puerto Rican, and Asian Americans. The objective of this organization was to serve as a forum for promoting research, study, curriculum design, and publication of interest to its members.

The Association sponsored its first conference on ethnic and minority studies in 1973 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. At the conference, university and college professors, public school teachers, and students gathered to examine content and approaches to multicultural studies. The association developed in tandem with the academic field of Ethnic Studies. Ethnic Studies grew out of the civil rights movement and the concerns of minority students on college campuses throughout the United States. Campus strikes began in the 1960s, driven by the demands of students of color and others in the Third World Liberation Front demanding an increase of students and faculty of color and a more comprehensive curriculum that spoke to the concerns and needs of marginalized communities. The result of these initial battles was the establishment of the School of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University and the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

During this time of struggle for power, place, and representation, the association supported student actions and worked to foster interdisciplinary discussions for scholars, activists, and community members concerned with national and international aspects of race and ethnicity. In 1985 the association officially changed its name to National Association for Ethnic Studies (NAES) with the stated purpose of the promotion of activities and scholarship in ethnic studies. In2017, NAES changed its name to Association for Ethnic Studies to reflect the global nature of the movement that once began as an US phenomenon.

Today, AES members continue to examine the interlocking forces of domination that are rooted in socially constructed categories of gender, sexuality, class, and race, and are committed to challenging paradigms that systematically marginalize the experiences of diverse national and international populations. As scholars and researchers, AES members are also committed to nurturing civic-minded and culturally informed students to strive to strengthen their communities.

AES is incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the State of Wisconsin and conducts all business in accordance with its bylaws. The Association is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) educational organization and its contributions are tax-deductible. The AES bylaws contain rules that define who we are, what we do, and how we are governed. The bylaws establish a contract between members and define their rights, duties, and mutual obligations.

In 1970, amid vigorous student protests at BGSU, a Black Studies Committee was organized, “to bring students into direct creative contact with non-white experiences...” The committee won approval for the founding of an Ethnic Studies Center and the appointment of its director, Dr. Robert Perry, making Bowling Green one of the first Midwestern institutions to have such a program. In 1978 and 1979, James Baldwin was a resident scholar and his legacy continues to leave its mark on the pedagogical, intellectual, and activist strengths of the department. In 1979 the program successfully petitioned the
university for department status. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Ethnic studies program at BGSU.

For questions contact Timothy Messer-Kruse,