Politics of Movement: Racialization, Religion, Migration

April 5-6, 2018
Northwestern University

Keynote speaker: Darryl Li, University of Chicago

Whether discussing the management of refugees by nation-states, Brexit, the ever-expanding carceral state, the fugitivity of unarmed Black bodies captured on film fleeing the police, or the organized assemblage of citizens protesting the politics of neoliberal regimes, the theme of movement is one of the most pressing of the 21st century. 

The Politics of Movement will bring together students and faculty to facilitate a interdisciplinary exploration of the multiplex ways of theorizing the politics of movement. This not only includes various forms of mobility—migration, diasporas, refugees, settlements, travels, transportations, etc.—but also considers those political techniques that restrict, contain, limit, manage, or themselves move people in order to create various forms of immobility—dislocation/removals, borders, prisons and confinements, ghettos and reservations, militaries and policing, colonies and camps, etc.

Conference organizers

  • James Howard Hill, Jr. is a PhD student in religious studies at Northwestern University. Before coming to Northwestern, he earned an MTS in Social Ethics (Moral Theology) and Culture from Southern Methodist University where he graduated summa cum laude. His research explores the intersection of religion, necropolitics, race, and colonialism in the Americas and throughout Atlantic geographies (Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas). His work also engages the theme of Anticolonialism in African American Religious History, the intersection of religion and retributive justice in the American Imaginary, and Black Political Theology.

  • Hafsa Oubou is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. In 2006, she obtained a BA degree in English linguistics from Ibn Zohr University in Agadir, Morocco, and in 2009, an MA degree in communication studies from Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech, Morocco. In spring 2015, she earned an MA in Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Arizona. Oubou is interested in Moroccan-Belgian Shi‘a, Islam in Belgium, state-subject relations, the making of subject-citizens, secularism, education, and diaspora.

  • Matt Smith is a PhD student in religious studies at Northwestern University. Before coming to Northwestern, Matt earned his master's degree from Princeton Seminary and his bachelor's from Anderson University. His research focuses on the study of race and religion in the Americas, with specific focus on Anglo-American Protestantism and its intersections with white imperial formations during the mid-nineteenth to the early-twentieth century. Areas of interests: U.S. empire, race and diaspora, gender/sexuality, racial and settler colonialism, the coloniality of secularism, transnational Christianity, and critical white studies.

For inquiries regarding this event, please contact buffettgradconference@northwestern.edu.