The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2017

Call for Papers: 
Migration and Mill Work: Portuguese communities in industrial New England

Conference with related museum exhibits, historical mill visits, and thematic tours

December 3-5, 2017

Call for Papers
Call for Papers

Migration and Mill Work: Portuguese
communities in industrial New England
Conference with related museum exhibits,
historical mill visits, and thematic tours

CALL FOR PAPERS

Migration and Mill Work: Portuguese communities in industrial New England

Conference with related museum exhibits, historical mill visits, and thematic tours

December 3-5, 2017

Location Massachusetts and Rhode Island:

Jointly sponsored by:

Migration and Mill Work is a multi-disciplinary conference providing an overview of migrant mill work through an extended discussion of the settlement and development of the early Portuguese communities in New England.

The conference will address the waves of migrant laborers in textile and manufacturing mills in Massachusetts and Rhode Island from the late nineteenth century onwards.

We invite presentations on topics such as: mill town communities and ethnic groups; class and culture in industrial New England; work and living conditions; racializations, categorizations and identities; social histories of the mill communities; life-histories among the working classes; workers rights movements; trans-local approaches to migrant trajectories; mill technology and technologies of labor governance; studies of age, gender, labor class, etc. The Portuguese case study will be connected to broader themes in race, ethnicity and labor practices, and will contextualize the political and economic forces confronted by migrant mill wage workers in the period.

The conference will serve as a working meeting for researchers organizing an edited volume on the theme for the project The Color of Labor: the Racialized Lives of Migrants (ERC Advanced Grant). Authors of accepted papers will be invited to participate in the working meetings and may be published in the volume.

A unique conference program will bring participants on site visits to the Lowell National Historical Park, Boott Mills, the historical replica Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI and include exhibits, museum talks (New Bedford Whaling Museum), and thematic tours of mill towns and mill neighborhoods, linking research themes to the living history of the communities under consideration.

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