11:45 ~ Lunch

12:30-12:40 PM ~ Welcome remarks by James F. Jones, Jr.

President and Trinity College Professor in the Humanities 

12:45-1:30 PM ~ Lunch keynote speaker and Q&A

Sharon Zukin

Broeklundian Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College and City University Graduate Center

"Destination Culture: How Globalization Makes All Cities Look the Same" [link]

1:45-3:30 PM

Panel One: Transnational Migration and Diasporic Communities

Chair: Paul Lauter

Allan K. and Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of English, Trinity College 

Alicia Schmidt Camacho

Assistant Professor of American Studies, Yale University

“Deportation and State Terror in the Latin American Migrant Circuit: Views from Tapachula and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico” [link]

Keisha-Khan Perry

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University

“From the “Margins of the Margins”: Black Women’s Struggles for Land Rights in Brazilian Cities” [link]

Beth Notar

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Trinity College

“Off Limits: Taxi Driver Perceptions of Dangerous People and Places in Kunming, China” [link]

Q&A 3:30-3:45 PM ~ Coffee Break 

3:45-5:30 PM

Panel Two: Crossborder Cultural Flows: Movements, Identities, Race, Gender, and Sexuality

Chair: Anne Gebelein

Visiting Assistant Professor of Language and Culture Studies, Trinity College


Nancy Naples

Professor of Sociology, University of Connecticut

“Women's Community-Based Activism in the Context of Global Economic and Political Change” [link]

Scott Tang

Assistant Professor of American Studies, Trinity College

“Shaping Politics in Chinatown: The Intersection of Global Politics and Community Politics in Wartime and Cold War San Francisco” [link]

Richard Wright

Orvil Dryfoos Professor of Geography and Public Affairs, Dartmouth College

“Do Mixed-Race Households Live in Diverse Neighborhoods?” [link]

Thomas Harrington

Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Culture, Trinity College

“What Are You Doing Here? Studying Urban and Transnational Phenomena from ‘within’ Hispanic Studies” [link]


6:00 PM ~ Welcome Dinner (Faculty Club, Hamlin Hall)

Welcome remarks by Rena Fraden

Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Years

G. Keith Funston Professor of English and American Studies 

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8:30-10:15 AM

Panel Three: Nations and Cities as Historical and Cultural Spaces

Chair: Kristin Triff

Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Trinity College

Zayde Antrim

Assistant Professor of History and International Studies, Trinity College

“Connectivity and Creativity: Baghdad in the Discourse of Place, 9th-11th Centuries”  [link]

Andrew Walsh

Associate Director, Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life, Trinity College

“At Home: St. Patrick's Day Parades and the Assertion of Irish Catholic Presence in Mid-19th Century Hartford” [link]

Amitava Kumar

Professor of English, Vassar College

“The City Under Surveillance” [link]


10:15-10:30 AM ~ Coffee Break 

10:30-12:15 AM

Panel Four: Urban Place and the Built Environment

Chair: Kathleen Curran

Professor of Fine Arts, Trinity College 

Luis Figueroa

Associate Professor of History, Trinity College

"'Barriadas' and Suburbs: Modernity and Haussmannization in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1936-1968" [link]

Keller Easterling

Associate Professor of Architecture, Yale University

“Zone” [link]

Tomas de’Medici (’11) and Xiangming Chen

Center for Urban and Global Studies, Trinity College

“First-Movers, Models, and Then What? “China’s Special Economic Zones and Shenzhen in 30 Years” [link]

Rachael Barlow

Social Science Data Coordinator, Trinity College

“What Buildings Do for a City (Middletown) in a State (CT) in a Country (USA)” [link]


12:30-1:30 PM ~ Lunch keynote speaker and Q&A

Diane Davis

Associate Dean, School of Architecture and Planning and Head of the International Development Group, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

“Insecure and Secure Cities: Towards a Reclassification of World Cities in a Global Era” [link]

1:45-3:30 PM

Panel Five: Globalization and World Cities: A Network vs. a Case Study Perspective

Chair: James Trostle

Professor of Anthropology, Trinity College

Jason Beckfield

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

"The Geography of Globalization: Changes in the Structure of the World City System, 1981-2007" [link]

Ahmed Kanna

Visiting Fellow, Center for Urban and Global Studies, Trinity College

“The City—Corporation, the Arabization of Neoliberalism, and the Neoliberalization of Arabism in the Contemporary Gulf” [link]

Tyanai Masiya

Scholar Rescue Scholar, Center for Urban and Global Studies, Trinity College

“Social Accountability Mechanisms in African Cities: A Comparative Analysis of Participatory Budgeting in Harare, Zimbabwe and Johannesburg, South Africa” [link]


3:30-3:45 PM ~ Coffee Break 

3:45-5:00 PM

Panel Six: Globalization and American Cities: A Regional Comparative Perspective

Chair: Johnny Williams

Associate Professor of Sociology, Trinity College 

Robert Forrant

Professor of History, University of Massachusetts-Lowell

“Metal Fatigue: The Demise of Metalworking in the Connecticut River Valley and Its Social and Economic Impact on Springfield, Massachusetts” [link]

Michael Sacks

Professor of Sociology, Trinity College

“Puerto Rican Population Growth and Spatial Relocation in the Hartford and Springfield Metropolitan Areas”  [link]

Brent Ryan

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard University

"Global Pasts, Local Futures: Urban Megadevelopments and Market Competitiveness in Downtown Detroit-Windsor"

5:00-5:45 PM ~ Collective Reflections 

6:00 PM ~ Farewell Dinner (Faculty Club, Hamlin Hall)  

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