Symposium to explore human displacement, migration

BY STAFF REPORTS
03/09/2018 10:00 AM
TULSA – The University of Tulsa and Gilcrease Museum are sponsoring a symposium titled “Dislocations and Migrations” on March 30-31 at the Helmerich Center for America Research.

Exploring the multifaceted experiences of human displacement and migration, the symposium brings together university and community scholars, activists, archivists, curators and librarians to consider many questions from various perspectives.

“Displacements and migrations uniquely characterize all human experience. But, migrations are not all alike, nor are their causes and consequences easily described. After all, migration can be voluntary or involuntary; displacement speaks to power differentially deployed and experienced; and movements challenge domestic and international relationships,” states information released by Gilcrease Museum. “Even the way we remember migrations replicates political, cultural and social structures. Because migration and displacement are lived experiences and not simply conditions to be described, they involve trauma, reshaping identities and re-creation of communities, and thus refocus our notions of belonging, citizenship, community, family and health.”

Some panel titles are:

• “Removal and Resilience: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art Confronts Histories of Forced Migrations,”

• “People, Process and the Politics of Latin American Migration to the U.S.,”

• “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Forced Migration and Historical Trauma,”

• “Immigration and U.S. Schools: Innocent Children at the Mercy of the System,”

• “Theoretical Distinctions between Historical Trauma and the Inter-Generational Transmission of Trauma,”

• “Burma to Oklahoma: Needs Assessment of Refugees in Public Schools,” and

• “Bob Dylan’s Travels Across America.”

Registration is required and runs through March 16. Student and educator tickets may be purchased at a discounted rate of $10. Details and the full schedule of symposium panels may be found at https://gilcrease.org/migrations/.

This event is organized through a new TU faculty and Gilcrease staff initiative – Cultures of the Americas – that is designed to foster interdisciplinary teaching and research through a hemispheric perspective. The university’s archives, special collections, fine art and archaeological collections housed at the Helmerich Center for American Research, Gilcrease Museum and TU’s McFarlin Library support Cultures of the Americas and many other initiatives.

The Helmerich Center for America Research is located at 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road and is adjacent to the museum.

For more information, email natalie-panther@utulsa.edu or brian-hosmer@utulsa.edu or call 918-631-6414 or 918-631-3843.

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