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We would like someone to serve as chair and commentator on a panel at the American Historical Association Conference in New York on January 2-5, 2015. The panel is titled, "Modernity in the Home Across Borders and Disciplines," and it will include presentations on Mexico, Haiti, and Cuba by Paula de la Cruz Fernandez, Ph.D. (Humboldt University International Research Center, Berlin, Germany), Adam M. Silvia (Florida International University, Miami, FL), and Maria Cabrera Arus (The New School for Social Research, New York City, NY). This panel will explore how the home has been an important space to introduce and experience modernity, especially in the twentieth century, as multinational corporations marketed new domestic technology to potential consumers, and global superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union, exhibited their cultural achievements to the world. While historians such as Victoria de Grazia, Emily Rosenberg, Michael Adas, and Laura Belmonte have shown how the United States has promoted its own consumer capitalism and technology overseas, the presentations on this panel will examine how recipients in places like Cuba, Mexico, and Haiti interpreted, appropriated, reworked, and sometimes contested the outsider's modernity. They will look at how the home was a space in which household items, such as sewing and washing machines, served to represent American, Soviet, and corporate modernity and, at the same time, became everyday tools employed by locals who had their own unique ambitions. A key point made by this panel is that the home is hardly a "private sphere;" it's a space where business has been conducted, where political revolution has been experienced via material culture, and where intense international debates about modernity and modernity's aesthetics have taken place. As historians we thus have to work not only transnationally but also in multiple disciplines, such as business, architecture, and sociology to analyze the home's importance in history. Please reply to... Adam M. Silvia Florida International University AdamMSilvia@yahoo.com -- --