About this conference

The spring 2019 Center for Place, Culture and Politics Conference will bring together activist scholars/scholarly activists from across the disciplines and beyond in order to figure new dimensions of mobilization as and from migrations. The focus on movement and movements offers the possibility of constructive dialogue on specific spatial constellations in the present that does not lose sight of their historical constituents and political differences yet is willing to meet the challenge of their articulation.

Livestream (Sat): Click here to watch the livestream of the conference (Sat, April 13th ONLY.)

Poster by Morgan Buck


Friday, April 12: Elebash Recital Hall, the Graduate Center, CUNY (365 Fifth Avenue).

Saturday, April 13: The People’s Forum (320 West 37th St).

DAY 1: FRIDAY, April 12, 2019

Elebash Recital Hall and Lobby, the Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets), NY, NY 10016

9:45 am: WELCOME: David Harvey (CPCP)

10:00 am -12:30 pm: PANEL 1: MIGRATIONS

A. Naomi Paik (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign),

Javiela Evangelista (New York City College of Technology, CUNY),

Shahram Khosravi (Stockholm University and Uppsala University).

Chaired by Maria Luisa Mendonça (CPCP).

12:30-2:30 pm: LUNCH BREAK 12:30-2:30 pm

2:30-5:00 pm: PANEL 2: MEDIATIONS

DeeDee Halleck (Filmmaker, Activist, Producer, Founder of Paper Tiger),

Angela Naimou (Clemson University),

Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper (IRADAC and CPCP).

Chaired by Peter Hitchcock (CPCP).

5:00-6:00 pm: COFFEE BREAK

6:00-8:30 pm: PANEL 3: Opening Keynote and Screening of O Regresso do Cabral by Sana N’Hada

Sana N’Hada (Filmmaker, Guinée-Bissau) in conversation with Sónia Vaz Borges (CPCP).

Chaired by Ruth Wilson Gilmore (CPCP).

DAY 2: SATURDAY, April 13, 2019
The People’s Forum, 320 West 27th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues), NY, NY 10018

10 am-12:30 pm: PANEL 4: MOBILIZATIONS

Laura Y. Liu (The New School),

Ana Naomi de Sousa (Filmmaker, London),

Christina Heatherton (Barnard College),

Sónia Vaz Borges (CPCP).

Chaired by Mary Taylor (CPCP).

12:30-2:30 pm: LUNCH BREAK (lunch for all provided by CPCP)

2:30-4:30 pm: KEYNOTE by Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad (Tricontinental) in conversation with all of us.

Chaired by Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper (IRADAC and CPCP).

The conference is free and open to the public. Click here for speaker's bios and more info.

Click here for the PDF of the Conference Program.

Organized by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Co-sponsored by The Center for the Humanities, the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), the Committee for Globalization and Social Change, the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC), PhD Program in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY; and the People’s Forum.