6th Hmong Studies Consortium International Conference

Call for Proposals
Hmong Studies Consortium Sixth International Conference
November 1-3, 2024
Merced College, Merced, CA
Merced College Business Resource Center (BRC)
630 W 19th St, Merced, CA 95340

The Hmong Studies Consortium is an international group of both senior and emerging scholars from several disciplines that approach Hmong Studies with a critical lens. In an effort to strengthen ties with scholars in California’s Central Valley, the Hmong Studies Consortium will host its Sixth International Conference at Merced College.  Merced College is one campus in the vast 116-campus California Community College system.  Like the surrounding community, Merced College has been home to Hmong people since the early 1980s and is one of the first campuses in the United States to offer courses in Hmong language.

In an effort to foster dialogue between the academy and community, we hope to make this conference a generative experience for Hmong people in the Central Valley. Although this is an academic conference with a strong focus on fostering dialogue in Hmong Studies in the fields of history, anthropology, sociology, geography, linguistics, development studies, gender studies, and ethnic studies, artists and activists of various kinds are also encouraged to participate.

Conference registration is free of charge and will be conducted entirely in-person. There will be a banquet on Friday Nov. 1. Although conference attendees are responsible to arrange their own hotel accommodations, a block of rooms for conference participants has been reserved at the El Capitan Hotel https://elcapitanhotelmerced.com/, which is only one block away from the conference venue. Rooms can be reserved at a special rate of $139 until Oct. 1, 2024.

Participants are encouraged to submit individual abstracts not exceeding 250 words, or panel abstracts not exceeding 400 words. Panel abstracts must also contain the individual abstract of each presenter as well.  Email submissions to Dr. David M. Chambers (david.chambers@mccd.edu) by April 30, 2024.  Notifications to presenters will be emailed by May 30, 2024.