Call for Presenters: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pacific Division

Call for Presenters from Alan L. Bain (Research Associate, National Anthropological Archives & Retired Archivist, Smithsonian Institution Archives)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pacific Division, is meeting on the campus of Southern Oregon University, Ashland, June 18-21, 2019.  I am putting together two programs, (1) U. S. and world’s fairs, and (2) Vietnam.

The members of AAAS-PD are mostly physical and biological scientists.  Since 2003, I have developed programs regarding cultural anthropology and colonial and World War II anthropology, focusing on East and Southeast Asia; and, U. S. and world’s fairs, focusing on racism and ethnic problems in the U. S.,  Asian and Asian American, Native American, and museum and museum curators participation at the fairs.

 I am inviting faculty and graduate students to give a presentation regarding any aspect of the fairs that were held on the West Coast (Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, 1905, Portland; Alaska-Yukon Pacific Exposition, Seattle, 1909; Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915, San Francisco; and the Panama-California Exposition, 1915-1916, San Diego). Presenters may also contrast the attitudes at the fairs, the presenters, fair-goers, and businessmen, with racial and ethnic attitudes held in the United States at the time of the fair; and topics regarding Vietnam, Vietnam and United States relations, and Vietnamese American issues (including Asian and Asian American women, health and welfare).  

To date, two speakers will discuss the attitude of United States and Chinese Americans in 1905, and why there was no Asian American participation at the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition.

I have no travel funds for these programs.  If  graduate students give presentations I will try and have the session held early in the conference so that their presentations may be reviewed and placed in competition for available awards. Otherwise, they would also have to give an earlier special presentation before reviewers.

Deadline: Tuesday, December 18th.

If anyone is interested in participating I need to receive one or two paragraphs regarding the talk along with one paragraph of context so that I can meld the presentations into a single abstract for review and approval by AAAS-PD. The paragraphs may be modified at a later date. In addition, I need the name of the presenter, title of the paper, presenter’s title (examples: research associate, Ph.D. candidate, lecturer, professor), department, institution, and, email address.