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SSF 2019: Home Lost


The roundtables are discussion based so participants need to have read the pre-circulated papers beforehand

To receive a copy of the papers please contact

All roundtable sessions will take place in Haldeman 246


Monday August 12

6:00 pm-8:30pm: Opening reception and dinner at the Hanover Inn for participants and sponsors


Tuesday August 13

7:30 am-9:00 am: Breakfast

Day 1. Theorizing the Home/land

Roundtable I: 9:30 am-12:00pm

  • Ofure Aito, Senior Lecturer, Department of English and Literary Studies, Faculty of Arts, Federal University, Lokoja, Nigeria
      • Home and Exile: Belonging/’Unbelonging' Identities in Nwosu' A Gecko’s Farewell
  • Oluwole Coker, Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
      • Tensions of (Be) longing:  Envisioning Home and the Homeland in the Twenty-first Century African Novel
  • Subhasree Ghosh, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Calcutta, India
      • In Search of Home: Nostalgia and Trauma of Lost Homeland of the East Bengali Migrants

12:00 pm- 1:30pm Lunch

Roundtable II: 2:00 pm-4:30 pm

  • Alina De Luna, PhD Candidate, Center for Conflict Studies, Phillips University of Marburg, Germany
      • This Body We Call Home: Exploring the relation between body and home
  • Eman Morsi, Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College, USA
      • Exile in the Sprachraum: Home and Language in the Works of Cristina Peri Rossi and Ghada al-Samman.
  • Shareah Taleghani, Assistant Professor, Queens College, the City University of New York, USA
      • Home, Exile, and Emotional Border Zones in Two Syrian Documentaries

5:00pm-7:00pm: Screening of Syrian film, Haunted. Followed by Q&A. Open to Public. (trailer:


Wednesday August 14

7:30am-9:00 am Breakfast

 Day 2. In-Between Spaces and Border Ecologies

Roundtable III: 9:30 am – 12:00pm

  • Silvia Soto, Visiting Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
      • Localizing Mayanness: vivencias and the challenges of belongingness
  • Rituparna Mitra, Assistant Professor of Literature and Writing, Marlboro College, USA
      • Partitioned Border Ecologies in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide and Akhtaruzzaman Elias’ Khoabnama
  • Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Professor and Chair of Migration and Refugee Studies, Department of Geography, University College London (UCL), UK
      • A rhizoanalysis of ‘more-than-camps’ in the Middle East: exploring the constitutive nature of overlapping processes of displacement and destruction

12:00-1:30pm Lunch

Roundtable IV: 2:00 pm-4:30pm

  • Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, DPhil Candidate in English Literature, St Anne's College, University of Oxford, UK.
      • Writing the Camp: Death, Dying and Dialects
  • Svati Shah, Associate Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (additional appointment, Department of Anthropology), University of Massachusetts, Amherst. USA
      • Sexuality as Homeland: Queering Genealogies of Anti-Sodomy Law Activism in India
  • Sireesha Telugu, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Hyderabad, India
      • Between Citizenships: Questions of "Home" among the Burmese-Indian Repatriates"

5:00pm -7:00 pm: Opening for artist Nobukho Nqaba,( Installation at the Hood Museum with reception. Open to public.

7:30 Dinner for Workshop Participants



7:30am-9:00 am Breakfast

Day 3. Globalization and Transnational Identities

Roundtable V: 9:30 am-12:30pm

  • Lin Chen, PhD Student, Department of Political Science, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and Department of Sociology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
      • Identity Reshaping and Maintaining of The African Student Migrants Through Social Networks Across the Digital Space Border Of The Great Fire Wall In China
  • Elmo Gonzaga, Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
      • Emergent Imaginaries of South-South Circulation and Community in the Inter-Asian Migrant Labor Melodrama
  • Vivian Lu, Postdoctoral Associate, Council on African Studies, Affiliation with Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program. Yale University, USA.
      • Decolonial Capital: Economic Sovereignty and Diasporic Citizenship in Nigerian South-South Commerce
  • Khangelani Moyo, Associate Researcher, Global Change Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
      • “Beyond the allure of gold”: Zimbabwean migrants belonging, attachment and identity in Johannesburg

12:30-2:30 Lunch

Roundtable VI: 2:30pm - 4:00 pm 

  • Concluding session

6:00- 8:00: Nobukho Nqaba artist talk followed by Community Dinner