Representing Migration Humanities Lab Fellowship Application 2019-2020

We are delighted to announce that the REPRESENTING MIGRATION HUMANITIES LAB will be offering  SIX FELLOWSHIPS in 2019-2020!

Come be a part of an exciting community at Duke exploring the art and politics of migration, from humans and animals to plants and microorganisms.

Taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity will enable you to:
• Acquire and/or practice research and teaching skills (archival, digital, administrative, collaborative) that you may not be using in your regular coursework or dissertation process
• Work closely and enjoy stimulating conversation with Duke faculty and graduate and undergraduate students outside of a traditional classroom setting

Who is eligible?
• Graduate students at any stage working on a migration-related project in the humanities
• Motivated undergraduates with a clear project related to migration.

How to Apply:
• In a document:
o Describe the project that you imagine yourself working on over the 2019-20 academic year. The more specific you can be about the labor entailed in the project and the imagined outcome the better, but please limit yourself to ~300 words. Outcomes do not need to be in the traditional form of research papers but can include syllabi, databases, digital projects, or other outcomes.
o We encourage projects related to the lab’s Bass Connection team (, but other projects will also be considered. In the event that the projects are related, the fellow will be expected to participate in the Bass Connections team’s work.
• Email application to Professor Charlotte Sussman (
• Applications are due 9/6/19. Decisions will be made by 9/23/19.

• Fellows will receive a one-time $1,000 fellowship payment after the completion of the terms of the fellowship, and up to $150 in reimbursement for relevant books and materials.
Obligations for Fellows:
• Present at the lab’s works-in-progress event early in spring semester 2020.
• Deliver a conference-length paper related to your project in April 2020 at a Fellows Symposium.
• Attend the RMHL’s monthly reading group.
• Attend an orientation session in September 2019.
• Undergraduate fellows will also be required to attend three additional mentoring sessions each semester.
• Undergraduate fellows will also be required to attend and write summaries of a migration-related event on campus (reading group, talk, author visit, film screening, etc. three times per semester (6/year) for possible publication on the lab’s website.


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.

Refreshments Provided RSVP to Karen Little: kel32@duke.ed


10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Murthy Digital Studio at Bostock Library,
West Campus, Duke University
Andrew Kim (UNC) and Trisha Remetir (UNC), graduate fellows is the Representing Migration Lab (RMHL), will present their perspectives on applying linguistic landscape methodologies to readings of postcolonial film.

Small refreshments provided -please RSVP to Karen Little ( 4/ 19

04/13, Working Group: Viet Thanh-Nguyen, The Sympathizer (2015)

Working Group: Viet Thanh-Nguyen, The Sympathizer (2015)
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Allen Building 314
West Campus, Duke University
At the final working group of the year for the Representing Migration Humanities Lab, we will be discussing Viet Thanh-Nguyen’s, The Sympathizer (2015) in collaboration with Ryanson Ku, Post-Doctoral Fellow in the English Department.
*Dinner will be served.*

02/28, Writing Home

Writing Home

A workshop in the spirit of Poetry for the People for thinking, reading, and creating in a community about home. Open to the Public.

For more information, contact Nicole Higgins at or visit

***Refreshments will be Served***