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Presented By: Comparative Literature

27th Annual Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum

Insurgent Research: Practice and Theory

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This event is OPEN to the public! All are welcome. Registration is NOT required.

The Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum (CLIFF) is a conference organized by Graduate students in Complit.

This year’s theme is “INSURGENT RESEARCH: Practice and Theory,” and will spotlight research that aspire to function as counter-counterinsurgency, offering models for materially resisting and challenging capitalism, colonialism, militarism, racism, the destruction of the environment, mass incarceration, policing, and so forth.

Our panelists are graduate and undergraduate students, independent scholars and researchers, faculty, as well as activists from across the country and beyond.

We are excited to have Dr. Joy James as our keynote speaker for the 27th CLIFF. James is a scholar, author and activist, and the Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Humanities at Williams College. Their academic work and public engagement address police and prison abolitionism, political imprisonment, radical feminism, and diasporic anti-Black racism.

Join us to learn about scholarship that takes the leap from theory to practice, from discourse to action, from critique to insurgency!

You can find an overview of our schedule below.

Friday, March 10th
Location: Haven Hall, Room 5670, 5th floor

10 am - 10:30 am. Breakfast

10:30 am - 10:45 am. Opening remarks by Frieda Ekotto

10:45 am - 12:15 pm. Panel 1: Counterinstitutional representations
Morinade Stevenson (Grad student, Emory University)
Abigail Cowan (Grad student, Pennsylvania State University)
Basmah Arshad (Grad student, University of Michigan)

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm. Lunch

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm. Panel 2: Spain, Mexico and Pakistan: lessons from the international insurgent past
Bruno Renero-Hannan (Assistant Prof. of Anthropology, SUNY)
Peter Gelderloos (Movement participant and writer)
Shehryar Qazi (Undergrad student, Cornell University)

2:45 pm - 3 pm. Coffee Break

3 pm - 4:30 pm. Panel 3: Tech-tics and theories of insurgency and counterinsurgency
Mike (Activist)
Max Segal (Undergrad student, University of Pittsburgh)
Samriddhi Agrawal (Grad student, New York University)

5:30 pm - 7 pm. Book signing and reading with Joy James
Location: Third Mind Books
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Saturday, March 11th
Location: Rackham Assembly Hall, 4th floor

9:30 - 10 am. Breakfast

10 am - 11:15 am. Keynote address by Joy James

11:15 am - 11:25 am. Coffee Break

11:25 am - 12:45 pm. Panel 4: Writing the revolution: theses and rhymes
Tom Nomad (Researcher, Institute for the Study of Insurgent Warfare)
Cheryl Emerson (PhD, SUNY at Buffalo)

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm. Lunch

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm. Panel 5: Part I Fugitive pedagogies: human and nonhuman bodies
Raechel Anne Jolie (Researcher, Cleveland Sex Workers Alliance)
Sue McRae (Grad student, University of North Texas)

2:45 pm - 2:55 pm. Coffee Break

2:55 pm - 4 pm. Panel 5: Part II
Fugitive pedagogies: practices from the Undercommons
Emmanuel Orozco Castellanos (Alumn, University of Michigan)
Parker Miles (Grad student, University of Michigan)

4 pm - 5 pm. Closing remarks and reception

5:30 pm - 7 pm. Conversation with Joy James and local activists
Location: Bridge Community Café (Ypsilanti)

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