Graduate Student Conference

(Re)Imagining Diaspora, Borders Politics

Keynote Speaker
Chair, Department of African American Studies, Rutgers University Newark

2018 Recipient of MacArthur Fellowship
Author of Counternarratives (2015)

‌February 22, 2019
MLL Conference Room (Merrick Building 210-01)
University of Miami

The conference aims to foster discussion about how the cross-border movement of people, information, and products questions stable categories of identity and identification as they relate to nationhood, race, ethnicity, gender, and/or sexuality. In this age of resurgent nationalisms, how dobquestions of futurity, borderlands, language, justice, and translation impact the development and practice of critical consciousness, political protagonism, and diverse forms of cultural production?


The MLL Annual Gradaute Conference is open and free to all members of the University of Miami and the general public.

Please register online by Friday, February 15, 2019.


8:30AM Registration and Coffee
9:00AM Welcoming Remarks

Panel I -Caribbean Lifelines
Chair: Samuel Johnson
Discussasnt: Dr. George Yúdice

Miguel Antony Vásquez, University of Miami
Borders of Healing: An Ecocritical Lens on Afro-Spirituality in Puerto Rico, Post-Maria”

Carmen Duarte, Florida Atlantic University
“El Caribe ‘replantado en los Estados Unidos: Espacio geográfico en Botánica de Dolores Prida

Tohru Nakamura, University of the West Indies
Myth of Creation or Relation: Possibilities of Relational Community in George Lamming’s Of Age and Innocence

10:50-11:10 AM
11:30-12:30PM Keynote Speaker
John Keene
Chair, Department of African American Studies, Rutgers University Newark
2018 Recipient of MacArthur Fellowship
Author of Counternarratives (2015)
12:30-1:30PM Lunch (on site for all registered participants)

Panel II -Identity and Cultural Memory
Chair: Jordan Rogers
Discussant: Dr. Steven Butterman

Raymond K. Awadzi, Florida International University
Vodoo Reinforcement: Transnational and Transcultural Connection between West Africa and the African Diaspora” 

Gustavo de Oliveira Bicalho, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Baquaqua e Equiano: biografias corais por uma genealogia da subjetividade no Atlântico Negro

David Dayton, Florida International University
“Expats and Chineseness 

2:50-3:10PM Break

Panel III -Borders, Movement, and Subjectivity
Chair: Ruming Yang
Discussant: Dr Gema Peréz-Sánchez

Claudia Batistel, Florida International University
Pensamiento fronterizo y subjetividad plural en El último patriarca de Najat El Hachmi 

Juan Antonio Godoy Peñas, Florida International University
“Sujetos nómadas, sujetos sin tierra: María Casares, una niña de la guerra 

Preston Taylor Stone, University of Miami
“Refugee-As-Ghost: Metaphorizing Trauma and Borders in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Fiction”

4:30-6:00PM Closing Remarks & Wine and Cheese Reception


This event is sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures Joseph Carter Memorial Fund and Africana Studies