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日   時: 2011年6月14日(火) 第5限(16:20~17:50)
場   所: 青山キャンパス9号館 922教室
講 演 者 : Amritjit Singh 氏
(Langston Hughes Professor of English at Ohio University)
講演題目: “Challenges of Migration and Citizenship:
African Americans and Asian Americans, 1850-1925”

講演者プロフィール
 Amritjit Singh is the Langston Hughes Professor of English at Ohio University and the senior editor for the MELA (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas) Series from Rutgers University Press. Born in colonial India, he first came to the United States in 1968 as a Fulbrighter to do his Ph. D. at NYU. His scholarly interests include African American Studies, inter-ethnic and transnational studies, immigration and internal migration, as well as postcolonial and Global South studies.

講演要旨
 In my presentation, I shall explore from a comparative perspective the patterns of African Americans’internal migration from the South between the end of the Civil War to the peak years of the Harlem Renaissance and the hurdles that Asians from various locations faced in their search for “home” and citizenship from U.S. custom and law during the same years, 1865-1925. In offering a suggestive treatment of the parallels and intersections between these two major historical experiences on the American continent, I will attempt to establish (a) that no satisfactory understanding of citizenship in the U.S. (or for that matter, Canada) can be achieved without examining the migratory patterns of “non-immigrant” groups such as African Americans and Chicanos and the often forced internal migrations of American Indians; (b) that it is woefully inadequate to focus primarily on immigration paradigms (melting pot, mosaic, consent and descent, etc.) in examining the narratives of nation and hegemony in North America; and (c) that it is only with the emergence of some new models of doing American Studies in the past two decades or so that we have had the real possibility of achieving a more layered understanding of “race” beyond the black-white equation. If anything, 9/11 has crystallized the need for developing a more inclusive and incisive critique of issues surrounding citizenship in North America. Literary texts referenced in the presentation may include Rudolph Fisher’s short stories; Richard Wright’s Uncle Tom’s Children and Black Boy; William Attaway’s Blood on the Forge; and Maxine Hong Kingston’s China Men.

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