A coalition of scholars from the University of South Carolina, UNC Greensboro, Auburn University, the Citadel, and College of Charleston — including SOE’s Sophia Rodriguez, Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) Department — have founded the organization Southeast Immigration Studies Association (SEISA)!

SEISA is excited to be hosting a conference February 20-22, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina. The conference is entitled “Current Trends in Immigration Research and Activism” and will be jointly hosted by the College of Charleston and the Citadel.

Call for Proposals:
This conference promises to bring together interdisciplinary perspectives from scholars, practitioners, and community-based advocates to discuss pressing contemporary issues related to immigration in the Southeast. We intend to focus on the advocacy and community organizing efforts in the panels and presentations. While we are located and focus on issues in the Southeast, we invite comparative analysis across regions in the U.S., as well as proposals from scholars and practitioners in other areas of the U.S. who can speak to contemporary immigration issues in their communities. Given this broad scope, we invite proposals related to an array of topics, including:

Anti-immigrant policies and analysis
Immigration reform
Immigrants and identity
Belonging
Collective resistance
Community-based organizations and immigrant networks
Economics
Faith-based organizations and immigrant networks
Geography
Sanctuary cities/campuses
Racial/ethnic dynamics among/between immigrants
DACA
Immigrant detention and deportation
Immigration and education
Public health

SEISA encourages multiple methods of analysis, including: policy analysis, conceptual, qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods, and collaborative, practitioner-focused, or community-based research.

Proposals should be no longer than 500 words and provide details on the project/study, including aims/purpose, methods of inquiry, and significance to the study of immigration.

Please submit proposals by October 1, 2019 at 12pm EST. Notification of acceptance will be sent out no later than November 30, 2019. Registration for full-time faculty will be $150. For graduate students and part-time faculty, the registration will be $75. The event will be free for community advocates and undergraduate students. Given that this is the first conference for this organization, we encourage all attendees to become charter members as this will give them the opportunity to vote on the charter and elect officers at the conference.

Visit southeasternimmigration.com to submit a proposal, and please feel free to contact Dr. Sophia Rodriguez at s_rodrig2@uncg.edu with any questions.