About this English Conference

Join us Friday, May 5th for “Where Is Academic Work?” the annual English Student Association Graduate Student Conference featuring keynote speakers Akua Gyamerah, Arthur Musah, and Mary Catherine (MC) Kinniburgh. MC Kinniburgh is an alum of the CUNY Graduate Center, who will be speaking in the morning about her archival work on 20th century poets. Meanwhile, Arthur Mussah and Akua Gyamerah will speak in the afternoon about their activist work for queer rights in Ghana and the diaspora, and how it relies on decolonial theory.

The format for this conference will at build conversation over the course of a single day, where all presentations and discussions will take place in the same room, the Skylight Room at the CUNY Graduate Center.


Friday May 5th, CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room (9100), 9th Floor, 9am-3pm

8:45 Open & Coffee

9:00 Opening Remarks: Sam O’Hana

9:05 Keynote Session: MC Kinniburgh

9:35 Session 1: Sites of Science

10:10 Session 2: Locations of Creative Practice

10:45 Break

11:00 Session 3: Cash & Campus

11:35 Session 4: College and its Systems

12:10 Lunch

1:00 Keynote Session: Akua Gyamerah & Arthur Musah

2:00 Session 5: Postcoloniality & Place

2:35 Close

3:30 Reception & Poetry Reading featuring Jessica Femiani in the English Lounge (4406)

Cosponsored by the English Student Association of the PhD Program in English, the Postcolonial Studies Group, the Doctoral and Graduate Students’ Council, and the Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center.


Keynote Speakers