Association for Ethnic Studies Conference


November 5-6, 2021 | Bowling Green State University

Bowen Thompson Student Union (BTSU)

Virtual Attendance is also available via Zoom!

For questions contact Timothy Messer-Kruse,

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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?

Registration is now closed.

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.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Time Scheduled Activity
4:00 - 8:00PM

Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery
Fine Arts Center

Featured Exhibition: Visible Man: Art and Black Male Subjectivity

4:00 - 5:30PM
Invited Artist Talk:
"What's Next ? David C. Driskell, Artist/Scholar/ Activist: A Model for Future Role and Practices of African American Artists"  
Dr. Curlee Raven Holton, Director of the David C. Driskell Center of Baltimore

5:30 - 8:00PM
Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar

Friday, November 5, 2021

Time Scheduled Activity
8:30 AM  Bowen Thompson Student Union (BTSU) 3rd Floor

9:00 - 10:15 AM Concurrent Sessions

BTSU 315
PANEL: Racism in America's Founding

  • Thomas Jefferson and the Woman-Snatching Ape, Justin Mullis (Bowling Green State University)
  • Thomas Jefferson's Covert Plan of Black Banishment from Virginia, Timothy Messer-Kruse (Bowling Green State University)

BTSU 314
PANEL: The Policing of Racialized Communities
Moderator - Dr. Amy Robinson (BGSU)

  • Safety or Surveillance: Race, Public Space, and Mobility in Detroit, William Daniels (Bowling Green State University)
  • Whiteness and Police Propaganda in the Wake of Ferguson, Heath Schultz (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)
  • The Materiality and Performativity of Tear Gas and Racialized Communities, Cecilia Frescas-Ortiz (University of California San Diego)
10:30 - 11:45 AM Concurrent Sessions

BTSU 315
PANEL: Latin@/x Activism & Pedagogy
Moderator - Dr. Andrew Hershberger (BGSU)

  • People-of-Color Activism, The Making of the Chicana/o Studies Movement and Academic Discipline: The UCLA Experiment-1968 to 1980, Jose G. Moreno (Northern Arizona University)
  • Nuancing Latin@/x Studies: Reflections on Teaching Afro-Latinidad to Majority Latin@/x Classrooms at a Public, Predominantly White Pennsylvania Institution, Justin D. García (Millersville University of Pennsylvania)
  • Considering pedagogical conocimientos in exploring intergenerational, historical and chosen traumas within schooling: Problematizing legacies of Americanization and Anglo-conformity, Jesus Jaime-Diaz (University of Arizona)

BTSU 314
PANEL: Asian and Pacific Islander American Activism
Moderator - Dr. Ellen Gorsevski (BGSU)

  • Coming in First: Reclaiming Representation in Filipina/o American Athletic History and Popular Culture, 1920-1965, Joshua G. Acosta (University of California Berkeley)
  • Can Asian Immigrants Speak? White, Asian American, and Immigrant Trio, Sheng-mei Ma (Michigan State University)
12:00 - 1:30 PM BTSU 201
Welcoming Remarks from Association for Ethnic Studies President Julia Jordan-Zachery
1:45 - 3:00 PM Concurrent Sessions

BTSU 315
PANEL: African American Musical Traditions
Moderator - Robert Sloane (BGSU)

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

BTSU 314
Mapping Multiplicities as Scholar-Activists & Artists in Ohio
Moderator - Dr. Sri Menon (BGSU)


  • Suparna Bhaskaran
  • Reiya Bhat 
  • Antoinette Charfauros McDaniel (CHamoru Pathways Through Higher Education)
  • Rojika Sharma
  • Emily Hanako Momohara (Art Academy of Cincinnati)
  • Rebecca Nelson 
3:15 - 4:30 PM Concurrent Sessions

BTSU 315
PANEL: 21st Century Regional Ethnic Conflicts
Moderator - Dr. Esther Clinton (BGSU)

  • If the Mass Atrocities Against the Anglophone Cameroonians is not Genocide, What then is it?, Nicholas Idris Erameh & Victor Ojakorotu (North West University, Mafikeng South Africa
  • The Rohingya Persecution: Dynamics of Ethnoreligious Conflict in Myanmar, Ala Uddin (University of Chittagong)
  • Resilience and Religious Belonging of Multicultural and Multinational Encounters in the “Infidel Izmir”, Ediz Hazir (Charles University)

BTSU 314
PANEL: Masculinity and Racial Construction 
Moderator - Dr. Jeff Brown (BGSU)

  • 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 Ohio State University)
  • The Original Black Panther: Regis Siki, Pro Wrestling, and the Framing of African Identities in the U.S., Thomas J. Edge (Bowling Green State University)
4:45 - 6:00 PM BTSU 208
AES Board Meeting
6:00 - 7:00 PM Dinner on own
7:00 - 9:00 PM

BTSU 206
Screening of Chinatown Rising
Moderator - Dr. Timothy Messer-Kruse (BGSU)

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

Saturday, November 6, 2021

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

BTSU 308
Conversation with Editors of the Ethnic Studies Review
Moderator - Julia Jordan-Zachery (AES)


  • Natchee Barnd (Oregon State University)
  • Jason Magabo Perez (California State University San Marcos)
  • Vineeta Singh (Virginia Commonwealth University)
10:30 - 11:45 AM Concurrent Sessions

BTSU 315
PANEL: Feminist Discourses
Moderator - Dr. Kim Coates (BGSU)

  • White Witches and White Feminism: Race and Gender in Spiritual Feminist Discourse Past and Present, Stevie Scheurich (Bowling Green State University)
  • Feminist Mosaic Checkpoint: Her Voice-Her Story, Shenée L. Simon & Coda Rayo-Garza (University of Texas)
  • “Black People Did Dope S@*#: New Ways I Found Their Voices, My Activism, and My Advocacy”, Jacqueline P. Hudson Ph.D (Bowling Green State University)

BTSU 314
PANEL: Bringing Ethnic Studies to Ohio High Schools
Moderator - Dr. Vibha Bhalla (BGSU)

  • Why bring Ethnic Studies to the high school classroom and what importance will it have for our students? Ariana Sanders (Princeton, OH)
  • Developing an Ethnic Studies framework and modules to help teachers embed important content into their curriculum, Lucas George (Franklin, OH)
  • Looking to get feedback and create connections with those who are willing to advise and consult with this framework.
12:00 - 1:30 PM BTSU 201
Luncheon; Featuring Baldemar Velasquez 
  • Keynote Address with Farm Labor Organizing Committee Founder, Baldemar Velasquez 
1:45 - 3:00 PM Concurrent Sessions

BTSU 315
PANEL: Native Cultures and History
Moderator - Michelle Stokely

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

BTSU 314
PANEL: Intervening in the University Archive: 25 Years of Latinx Voices at BGSU


  • Susana Peña (Bowling Green State University)
  • Luis Moreno (Bowling Green State University)
  • Emily Edwards (St. Francis College)
  • Mark Sprang  (Bowling Green State University)
3:15 - 4:30 PM Concurrent Sessions

BTSU 315
PANEL: Critical Approaches to Civil Rights and Equity
Moderator - Dr. Opportune Zongo (BGSU)

  • Speaking the Language of the Unheard: James Baldwin at Home and Abroad, Nilgun Anadolu-Okur (Temple University)
  • Mississippi’s Closed Society and the New Massive Resistance, Marlena Graves (Bowling Green State University)
  • “Let our Voices Be Heard: Black Middle Class Abstention and Political Maroonage in Philadelphia,” Matthew Simmons (Temple University)

BTSU 314
PANEL: Ethnic Studies Pedagogies
Moderator - Dr. Timothy Messer-Kruse (BGSU)

  • Developing Ethnic Studies Programs, Tom Morgan (University of Dayton)
  • "Paving the Way": A Critical Race Approach to Access and Opportunity, Dominick N. Quinney (Albion College)       
4:45 - 6:00 PM Concurrent Sessions

BTSU 315
PANEL: Trauma & History
Moderator - Dr. Timothy Messer-Kruse (BGSU)

  • Storytelling and Trauma in Venture Smith’s Narrative, Mohammad Mizanur Rahman (Bowling Green State University)
  • The Sociological and Health Effects Of COVID-19 Among U.S. Essential Mexican and Latina/o Farmworkers, Jose G. Moreno (Northern Arizona University)

BTSU 314
PANEL: Social Media Activism
Moderator - Dr. Radhika Gajjala (BGSU)

  • “The Revolution Will be Digitized”: Race, Technology, and Education in a Global Pandemic, Dominick N. Quinney (Albion College)
  • From Assimilation Strategies to Challenging White Supremacy: Anti-Blackness Activism within Queer Online Communities, Danae Hart 
  • Virtual Festivals: Transforming Bharata Natyam Techniques, Compositions, and Themes within US-based Online Platforms, Rohini Acharya (The Ohio State University)
6:00 - 8:00 PM BTSU Lenhart Grand Ballroom
Conference Conclusion/Anniversary Dinner
Celebrating 50 years of Ethnic Studies at Bowling Green State University

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,

Updated: 11/12/2021 04:00PM