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Graduate conference 2018

“Walls and Bridges: Migration and its Histories”

Friday, APRIL 12 , 2019 (all day)

The recent resurgence in nativist and populist ideologies has reframed and intensified global discourse on migration, citizenship, and societal inclusion. Reviving old nativist slogans and well-worn xenophobia, contemporary political actors and social movements have given new voice to restrictionism, racism, and extremism for the sake of social control and national security. Left in the balance are vulnerable communities of immigrants, migrants, and refugees, all of whom are adversely affected, if not gravely threatened by policies and legislation intended to discriminate, exclude, and expel.


Morning events in UNIVERSITY HALL 102

8:30-9 a.m. Coffee and Introductions

Chair: Rachel SARCEVIC-TESANOVIC (Northwestern)

Bert CARLSTROM (QMUL) - Liturgical Walls and Ritual Bridges: Muslims and Arabic in Spanish Liturgy (c. 1492-1505)

Miles REDING (Northwestern) – Decolonization and North African Families in French Social Thought

Emily STEINHAUER (QMUL) – Building Transatlantic Bridges, Tearing Down Theoretical Walls: The Frankfurt School Between America and West Germany

Sarah-Louise J. DAWTRY (Northwestern) – “The Stakes of Erasure: Violence and Historical Memory in the Art of Ken Gonzales-Day”

Respondent: Lauren STOKES (Northwestern)

10:30-45 a.m. Coffee

Chair: Joy SALES (Northwestern)

Aram SARKISIAN (Northwestern) – “I guess they could have got me”: Storying Russian Orthodox Christian Migration to the United States, 1900-1920

Reynold Kai Won TSANG (University of Hong Kong) - Exoduses to Hong Kong: Narrating Immigration and Refugees in the Hong Kong Museum of History

Crystal Jing LUO (University of Virginia) - “We have seen the enemy and he looks like us”: Asian Americans and the specter of immigration reform, 1968-1978

Senia TONG (University of Hong Kong) - Back to the Bridge: The Introduction of the Touch Base Policy in Hong Kong in 1974

Respondent: Ji-Yeon YUH (Northwestern)

Afternoon events in UNIVERSITY HALL 201 (Hagstrum Room)

12:15-1p.m. Lunch

Chair: Eda UCA (Northwestern)

Mitch EDWARDS (Northwestern) – Discourses of Displacement: “Sudanese Refugees” in Late Colonial and Early Post-Colonial Uganda,1955-1967

Nathan ELLSTRAND (Loyola-Chicago) - Politicized Refuge: The Rise of the Sanctuary Movement in Chicago

Steve BENTEL (QMUL) – From Rachmanism to Richard Curtis: Gentrification in Notting Hill between 1965 and 1999

Dongkue LEE (University of Hong Kong) – Revisiting Oral History in Archives, Vietnamese Refugee Resettlement Experiences in Orange County

Respondent: J. Michelle MOLINA (Northwestern)

Chair: Jessica BIDDLESTONE (Northwestern)

William FITZSIMONS (Northwestern) – “Restless Feet”: Migration and climate change in Ateker-speaking East Africa, c. 500 BCE to 1200 CE

Conor BOLLINS (QMUL) - Visions of Peace in the 1690s: Fletcher and Fénelon on a United Europe

Nathalia JUSTO (Northwestern) - The morality of migration: the national and its others in the United Nations (1945 - 1961)

Jack GREATREX (University of Hong Kong) – Mobility and Immobility in the Hyperbolic City: Reframing Early Twentieth-Century Hong Kong

Respondent: Sean HANRETTA (Northwestern)

6-6:30 p.m. Reception



“Resistance in History: From Transgression to Transformation”

Friday, April 20, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harris Hall 108 (Leopold Room), 1881 Sheridan Rd, Evanston
9:30 to 10:00 a.m. Coffee and Welcome

11:30 to 11:45 a.m. Coffee

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Panel Two - War and Modernization

2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Keynote: Professor Paul ORTIZ  (University of Florida)- "Talking Revolution Again: Political Struggles and Organizing in the Era of American Carnage"

3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Panel Three – Transnational Activism and Anti-Imperialism

4:45 to 5:30 p.m. Reception in Harris 108


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