27th Annual Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum - "Insurgent Research: Practice and Theory"


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Event Date: 
March 10, 2023
Event Time: 
Haven Hall
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Mark your calendars for the 27th Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum (CLIFF) conference. The conference will take place in person on campus, on Friday and Saturday, March 10-11th.

There will be speakers from across the U.S., including graduate students, recent grads, undergraduate students, faculty, as well as activists and independent researchers.

We’re excited to host 6 panels on “Insurgent Research: Practice and Theory.” Join us to learn about scholarship that takes the leap from theory to practice, from discourse to action, from critique to insurgency. 

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Joy James, scholar, author and activist, and the Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Humanities at Williams College. Their work addresses police and prison abolitionism, political imprisonment, radical feminism, and diasporic anti-Black racism. Saturday, March 11th at Rackham Graduate School.

The event is open to the public and no registration is required. You can add it to your calendar through the Michigan Happenings page, where you will also find updates and a link to our full program.

See the full schedule below:

Friday, March 10th
Location: Haven Hall, Room 5570, 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)
  • Sheryar 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/DES (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

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
Respondent: Amitai Ben-Abba

  • Tom Nomad (Researcher, Institute for the Study of Insurgent Warfare)
  • Cheryl Emerson (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 Ann Jolli (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