About this conference

However the international order is characterized, it is clear that various forms of internationalism are in distress. These are at work both in producing violent conflagration and in generating moving populations across the globe (migrant labor, refugees, asylum seekers, exiles, emigres, etc.). How, then, can internationalism be thought and articulated anew? How can it productively and creatively address various modes of encounter and representation? How can it build on radical genealogies of international solidarity in ways that interlink vital discussions of borders and walls with the systemic relations of racial capitalism and its spatial fixes in the current conjuncture? How do migrations mediate mobilizations as political possibility? Do revolutionary/decolonial reconfigurations of people in/against territories represent the new horizon of internationalism? How does culture, for instance, mediate the complex parameters of space, place, and the movements between both to fathom contemporary crises and to enable a positive knowledge of their solution?

The spring 2019 Center for Place, Culture and Politics Conference will bring together activist scholars/scholarly activists from across the disciplines and beyond in order to figure new dimensions of mobilization as and from migrations. The focus on movement and movements offers the possibility of constructive dialogue on specific spatial constellations in the present that does not lose sight of their historical constituents and political differences yet is willing to meet the challenge of their articulation. 

Sónia Vaz Borges, Ana Naomi de Sousa, Javiela Evangelista, Ruth Wilson Gilmore,DeeDee Halleck, Christina Heatherton, Shahram Khosravi, Laura Y. Liu, Angela Naimou, Sana N’Hada, A. Naomi PaikVijay Prashad and Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper.


Friday April 12: Elebash Recital Hall, the Graduate Center, CUNY (365 Fifth Avenue).

Saturday April 13: The People’s Forum (320 West 37th St).

DAY 1: FRIDAY, April 12, 2019   

Elebash Recital Hall and Lobby, the Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets), NY, NY 10016

9:45 am: WELCOME

10:00 am -12:30 pm: PANEL 1

12:30-2:30 pm: LUNCH BREAK 12:30-2:30 pm

2:30-5:00 pm: PANEL 2

5:00-6:00 pm: COFFEE BREAK

6:00-8:30 pm: PANEL 3: with Sana N’Hada, Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Sonia Vaz Borges


DAY 2: SATURDAY, April 13, 2019                                                                
The People’s Forum, 320 West 27th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues), NY, NY 10018

10 am-12:30 pm: PANEL

12:30-2:30 pm: LUNCH BREAK (lunch for all provided by CPCP)

2:30-4:30 pm: KEYNOTE by Vijay Prashad

The conference is free and open to the public. Click here for speaker's bios and more info.

Organized by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Co-sponsored by The Center for the Humanities, the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), and The Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) at the Graduate Center, CUNY; and the People’s Forum.