REPRESENTING MIGRATION HUMANITIES LAB FELLOW PRESENTATIONS
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Perkins Library 218
West Campus, Duke University
Jessica Covil “Keyword ‘Feminist’: Searching for Women in Garvey’s Movement” When searching the archives for black women’s involvement in Garveyism, it is not enough to type “feminist” or even “woman” in the digital finding aid. This presentation emphasizes the need to look beyond the obvious labels in order to highlight black women’s contributions to the movement–through poetry, newspaper columns, letters, and even class notebooks.
Kelsey Desir “New Negro Womanhood and Labor” This presentation will center New Negro Womanhood and the tensions that arose from Black women entering the workforce outside of the domestic sphere. In particular, publications like Negro World and Half-Century Magazine will be used to elucidate the discourse surrounding Black women’s labor and its function in 20thcentury Black liberation politics.
Nicole Higgins “Reflections on Writing Home” This presentation will consider, retrospectively, the opportunities and challenges of opening up the archival work of the Lab to the Durham community beyond Duke and highlight the resonances of poetry across time and space, from the widely circulated Negro World newspaper to our own cozy experimental workshop.
Dana Johnson “Representing Migration: Culture and Politics in Translation” This presentation will share an original syllabus for a course on representing migration. This course will consider representational issues fundamental to the discipline of anthropology via deep engagement with both ethnographic and literary texts on human migration.
Jared Junkin “Narrative and Asylum: The Role of Creative Writing in Representing Migration” This presentation will share research on the European Refugee Crisis, focusing on how it has been integrated into original creative writing. Clips from a short documentary and a reading from work in progress will showcase this research.
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