Migrant Subjects Across & Within

March 25, 2022 (Friday) / 9:00 am2:15 pm

Humanities Conference Room, 623 Williams Hall, 255 South 36th Street

Migrant Subjects Across & Within

Each year the Wolf Humanities Center's Undergraduate Humanities Forum brings together undergraduate students from across the humanities and beyond to explore a common theme. Join us on March 25th as the Wolf Humanities Center's 2021–2022 Undergraduate Research Fellows present their research on Migrant Subjects Across & Within as part of this year's Forum on Migration.


Breakfast and Registration

Opening Remarks

David Spafford, Director, Undergraduate Humanities Forum; Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Migrants in Resistance
Moderator: Esmeralda Arrizón-Palomera, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Wolf Humanities Center

  • Nicolas Fonseca, Comparative Literature, Latin American Studies; CAS, 2022
    Tercer Cine, Otra Vez: Subversive Pedagogy and Nomadism in Latin American Film
  • Brendan Lui, Political Science; CAS, 2022
    Called In, Kept Out: Explaining Variation in Construction Trade Union Behavior Towards Migrant Workers in the Advanced Industrial Democracies
  • Chinaza Ruth Okonkwo, Philosophy, History; CAS 2022
    The Great Migration: Igbo Movement, Indigeneity, and Identity 

(Im)position: Self-Determination, Criminalization, Morality

Moderator: Sarah Barringer Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History

  • Katherine Busch, Moral and Political Philosophy; CAS 2023
    An Exploration of the Ethical Foundations of Citizenship
  • Claire Nguyễn, History, minors in Asian American Studies and English; CAS 2022
    (Dis)placed: A Story of the War on Southeast Asian Refugee Youth in Philadelphia from 1975–2000
  • Samuel Strickberger, History, minors in Survey Research and Data Analytics; CAS 2022
    The Jewish Orthodox Race-Based Slavery Debates, 1848–1861


Remembrance and Erasure
Moderator: Ishani Dasgupta, PhD Candidate, South Asia Studies and Anthropology; Research Associate, Wolf Humanities Center

  • Caitlyn Marentette, South Asia Studies; CAS 2022
    How Masses Mobilize: The Bangla/Urdu Divide in Pakistan, 1947–1971
  • Christopher Schiller, Comparative Literature; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics; minor in French and Francophone Studies; CAS 2022
    The Vagabond Novelist: Roberto Bolaño's Migrant-Artists and the Global Novel

Closing Remarks

Caitlyn Marentette, Chair and Research Fellow, Undergraduate Humanities Forum