POSTPONED – Native/Immigrant/Refugee: Movements Across Contested Grounds Symposium

Thursday, Mar 12, 2020 - Friday, Mar 13, 2020

Location is ADA accessible


As we promised, we have been monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19, and given the concerns related to travel and public gatherings, we have decided to CANCEL this week’s symposium. We aim to RESCHEDULE the event for the fall. 

Two global crises—the heightened regulation of movement across national borders, and the impact of climate change—prompt us to examine the meanings and imbrications of the terms “native,” “immigrant” and “refugee” in legal, cultural, political, and environmental contexts. Join us for sustained conversations with keynote speakers Shannon Speed of UCLA; Christine Jacobsen of University of Bergen, Norway; and Yen Le Espiritu of UCSD; and a slate of international and UC scholars at our free two-day symposium. RSVP here

Support provided by: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Office of the President Multi-campus Research Programs and Initiative Funding, and the UC Humanities Research Institute, Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study, Social Science Matrix, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, Othering & Belonging Institute, Critical Refugee Studies, and International Interdisciplinary Studies.


Symposium Program

Thursday, March 12, 2020 – Day One

2:00 PM Welcome & Opening Remarks
Beth Piatote
Interim Director (AY 19 -20), Center for Race and Gender; Associate Professor, Native American Studies; UC BerkeleyLeti Volpp
Director, Center for Race and Gender; Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law in Access to Justice; UC Berkeley2:15 PM
PaneI I:
Moderator: Michael Mascarenhas
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, UC BerkeleyFamily as Grief: Seeking Belonging Amidst Uncertainty
Leisy J. Abrego
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies, UC Los AngelesWaiting out the Condition of Irregularity in Norway
Marry-Anne Karlsen
Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Women’s and Gender Research, University of Bergen, NorwayAvian Poetics at the Border and the Crisis of ‘Human’ Rights
Debarati Sanyal
Professor, Department of French, UC Berkeley3:45 PM Break4:00 PM Keynote I: VIOLENCE

Indigenous Women Migrants and Violence in the Settler Capitalist State
Shannon Speed
Director, American Indian Studies Center; Professor, Department of Gender Studies & Department of Anthropology, UC Los Angeles

5:00 PM Reception

6:00 PM End of Day One

Friday, March 13, 2020 – Day Two

8:30 AM Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM Keynote II: TIME

On the Chronopolitics of Contested (Im)mobilities and the Temporal Entanglements of Waiting
Christine M. Jacobsen
Professor, Department of Social Anthropology; Director of the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research, University of Bergen, Norway

10:00 AM Break

10:15 AM Panel II: STATUS
Moderator: Patricia Baquedano-López
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley

Indian Time: Temporality, Gender, Mobility
Maylei S. Blackwell
Associate Professor, Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies and Women’s Studies Department, UC Los Angeles

The (B)ordering of Refugee Status
Jessica Schultz
Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Bergen, Norway

Unbelonging and the State
Kathryn Walkiewicz
Assistant Professor, Department of English Literature, UC San Diego

11:45 AM Lunch*

1:00 PM Panel III:  MOVEMENT
Moderator: Irene Bloemraad
Professor, Department of Sociology;
Director, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative; Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies; UC Berkeley

Re/membering: Histories of Violence, Survival, and Solidarity in Relation to Central American Migration to the U.S.
Susan Bibler Coutin
Professor, Department of Criminology, Law and Society & Department of Anthropology; Associate Dean for Academic Programs, UC Irvine

Water and Migration in the Florida Everglades
Jessica Cattelino
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Los Angeles

Making Plenary Powers: Regulating Indians and Immigrants at the Borders of the U.S. West
Julian Lim
Assistant Professor, History, The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies; Honors Faculty, Arizona State University; Stanford Humanities Center Fellow, 2019-20

2:30 PM Break

2:45 PM Keynote III: WAR

Critical Refugee Studies and Indigenous Studies: A Transpacific Critique
Yến Lê Espiritu
Distinguished Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego

3:45 PM Drinks and Provocations

4:30 PM End of Symposium


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