Translations of Migration Conference

An international conference of historians and cultural studies scholars exploring the many ways that migration and mobility have been translated across time and space, languages, cultures and academic disciplines.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, April 27


Gumwood Room, EMU

Dennis Galvan, VP for International Affairs 
Vera Keller, History Department Head 
Julie Weise, Associate Professor of History 

Panel #1: Translations of Everyday Life


“The Things They Carried: Representational Functions of Migrant Artifacts,” Kirsten Silva Gruesz, U.C. Santa Cruz 

“Migrant-Speak: Keywords in Bihari Lives in the 'East' and Beyond in the Nineteenth Century,” Anand Yang, University of Washington

“Chifas: Translating Chineseness through Food,” Lok Siu, U.C. Berkeley

Confirmed commentator: Roy Chan 

Panel #2: Translations of Migrant Imaginations


“Edwidge Danticat’s Committed Writing as a Translation of Migration,” Laura Bieger, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

“Child Migrant Stories: Walk on Water and The Walk,” Catherine S. Ramirez, U.C. Santa Cruz

“Labor Migrant Film Audiences in the Post-World War II Years,” Julie Weise, UO

Confirmed commentator: Michael Allan

Public Keynote

Gerlinger Lounge, Gerlinger Hall

"Assimilation: Global Idea or Just an American Thing?”  

Catherine Sue Ramirez, U.C. Santa Cruz 
​​​Fredy Gonzalez, University of Illinois-Chicago
Christoph Rass, University of Osnabrueck 

Thursday, April 28

Panel #3: Translations of Belonging

Lease Crutcher Lewis, EMU

“The Tong Wars in Mexico: New Perspectives,” Fredy González

“‘Assimilating’ ‘Gastarbeiter’? A Reflexive Approach to the Translation of Concepts in Migration Studies,” Christoph Rass, University of Osnabrueck 

"Lost and Found in Translation: Re-Figuring the Figure of the Migrant," Peter Schneck, University of Osnabrueck (via Zoom)  

Commentator: Xiaobo Su