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Bebe Koch Petrou Displacements Symposium

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Image of carved statue with "Displacements" text and Department of English logo

The 2024 Bebe Koch Petrou Displacements Symposium, hosted by the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies in the Department of English, features speakers and workshops focusing on the theme of displacements.

Schedule Overview

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

  • 12:00 pm | Welcome Luncheon | Second Floor Lobby, Tawes Hall
  • 1:00 pm | Welcome, Introductory Remarks, Panel | 2115 Tawes Hall
  • Mrinalini Chakravorty, "Toward Transnational Displacements"
  • Leonard McKinnis, "'To Tell us who We are.': Displacement, Imagination, and Self-Making in Diasporic Black Religions"
  • Sarah Quesada, "Logic of Displacement": Ethnic Particularity and the Ruse of "Worldliness"
  • 4:30 pm | Reception | Second Floor Lobby, Tawes Hall
  • 5:00 pm | Keynote | 2115 Tawes Hall
  • Jodi Byrd, "Accumulated Catastrophes"
  • Introduction: Chad Infante
  • Respondent: Bayley Marquez

Thursday, March 28, 2024

  • 9:00 am | Graduate Student Workshop | 2115 Tawes Hall
  • Jodi Byrd
  • 10:30 am | Coffee Service | Second Floor Lobby, Tawes Hall
  • 11:00 am | Workshop & Poetry Reading | 2115 Tawes Hall
  • Shelbi Nahwilet Meissner
  • 1:00 pm | Lunch | Second Floor Lobby, Tawes Hall
  • 3:00 pm | Reading | 2115 Tawes Hall
  • Brandon Som


This symposium is organized with the support of the Bebe Koch Petrou Foundation and with additional funding from the Asian American Studies Program, the Department of American Studies, the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Honors Humanities, and the Graduate School.


Tawes Hall


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