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  • SHUR Abstract Deadline

    March 1, 2017

    The History Department at Mississippi State University invites undergraduate scholars to submit papers for the ninth annual Symposium for History Undergraduate Research (SHUR). The symposium, “Looking Back to the Future: Examining the Anomalies of the Past,” will provide students with the opportunity to present their research in the format of an academic history conference and have their work discussed by Mississippi State history professors. The event is scheduled for April 28-29, 2017, on the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville.

    Papers are welcome on any historical topic, but especially those that reflect the Mississippi State University History Department’s strengths in the history of science and technology; agricultural, rural, and environmental history; military and diplomatic history; the Civil War; gender history; African American history and civil rights; and the American South.

    The paper should be based on original research in primary sources. Interested should submit a proposal or abstract of not more than 400 words to Dr. Andrew Lang and Dr. Muey Saeteurn at by March 1, 2017. Students whose papers have been accepted will be notified by March 15, 2017. The History Department will offset the costs of one night’s lodging for presenters and provide a BBQ banquet dinner on the Symposium’s opening night.

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Dr. Lomarsh Roopnarine




353 Dollye M.E. Robinson Building

B.A. University at Albany, 1994
University at Albany, 1997
Ph.D. University at Albany, State University of New York, 2002


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Research Interests

Dr. Roopnarine’s field of study is interdisciplinary, drawing on methods and concepts in history, sociology, economics and environmental science to understand labor migration, resistance, human rights, identity as well as environment policy challenges in the Caribbean. For the past fifteen years, his research has focused on the movement of Asian contract/peasant workers to the Caribbean and their plantation experience with regard to their adaptation to structural dominance.

Dr. Roopnarine’s environmental research focuses on the link between the Guyanese government, the vast interior region and economic development while his current research involves intra-regional (within the Caribbean) and extra-regional Caribbean (to North America and Europe) migration as well as social identity formation in the contemporary Caribbean. Additionally, his research examines social identity of and among East Indian, African and Hispanic Caribbean ethnic groups and is particularly interested in exploring alternative ways in analyzing social identity in the Caribbean. Specifically, he takes the position that Creole identity (Euro-African) does not apply to many Caribbean ethnic groups and has developed a bi-structural analysis of national and trans-Caribbean identities to analyze the social identity of Caribbean Asians and other ethnic groups. Dr. Roopnarine believes that identity is negotiated and shaped by geography, history, political leadership, migration and globalization which is not totally physical or permanent but also imaginative, incorporating issues of ethnicity, resistance, human rights, among other factors

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Link to Dr. Roopnarine's Weekly Column with Guyana Times newspaper


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