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Critical Perspectives on Spaces, Borders, and Territories

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Hosted by The Center For Research and Creative Activities (CRCA)

The 2021-22 Faculty Lecture Series showcases the scholarship of faculty members and offers an opportunity for the university community and the public to learn more about innovative research and creative activities taking place at Salem State. This year, the series will focus on the work of faculty who received research APR's the previous spring and those who received summer research support grants. The 2021-2022 Featured Scholars Series will be virtual but exciting and inspiring nonetheless.

Panel 2: Critical Perspectives on Spaces, Borders, and Territories

Please join us Monday, November 1, 2021, at 4 pm on Zoom for the second panel event in the series, “Critical Perspectives on Spaces, Borders, and Territories,” featuring Professors Miguel Montalva Barba, Aviva Chomsky, and Dane Morrison.

Miguel Montalva Barba is an Assistant Professor for sociology and Faculty-in-Residence at Salem State University. Miguel’s background as an undocumented and queer immigration rights activist informs his teaching, research, and engagement, within and outside the academy. His work aims to rattle sociology's foundations from its white supremacist core to address social issues. His manuscript Hidden in Plain Sight contributes to a gap in gentrification and urban sociology, as these fields lack a critical understanding of settler colonialism, white supremacy, and critical race theory. Dr. Montalva Barba bridges this gap by linking the sociology of race and ethnicity and urban sociology by highlighting the importance of space, place, and race as mutually constituted and contested categories that (re)create racial hierarchies.

Avi Chomsky is a professor in the history department at Salem State. Her recent research has focused on four main areas: the Cuban revolution, northern Colombia's coal industry, immigration and undocumentedness in the United States, and Revolution and Migration in Central America. Her manuscript Extractivism on the Periphery: Colombia's Wild Northeast uses the multiple histories of La Guajira, on the Caribbean coast of Colombia to explore extractivism and the fossil fuel industry in a remote region in the context of colonialism, capitalism, and race.

Dane Morrison is a professor in the history department at Salem State. His research traces the early American voyages to the East Indies and explores how representations of that experience in the public sphere, contributed to the construction of an American national identity. Morrison’s current book project for Hackett Publishing, Yankees Abroad: Early American Encounters in the World, examines one of the lesser-known episodes of world history—and of U.S. History—the diaspora of Americans onto the world stage after 1783.

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Learn more about the Center for Research and Creative Activities. All Salem State University students, faculty, and staff are invited to email their research to be featured by the CRCA:

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