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Session 1: Borders and Narratives of Imperial Power

Presentations by Yumna Siddiqi on “Borders and Anxieties of Empire,” Molly Slavin on “‘Crime and the Border’: Locating imperial anxiety and narratives of crime,” and Maryam S. Griffin on “The Muslim Ban and the Imperial Anxieties of Colorblindness and Uneven Mobilities.”

Session 2: Epistemology and Imperial Reproduction

Presentations by Temitope Ogungbemi on “The Populist West: Critical subjectivity and the politics of counter-terrorism in Nigeria,” Mariam Durrani on “Examining the Co-production of the ‘Imperial’ University in Lahore and New York City,” and Max Clayton on “Empire’s Anxiety and Indigeneity: Recent American studies critiques of U.S. empire.”

Session 3: Subjects of Empire and Occupation

Presentations by Jason Dittmer on “Gibraltar and the Making and Re-making of Europe,” Yousef K. Baker on “Imperial Crisis and Racialized Militarization: Reconceptualizing the invasion and occupation of Iraq,” and Galen Murton on “The Power of Blank Spaces: A critical cartography of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.”

Session 4: Staging Empire, Visualizing Otherness

Presentations by Maria Bose on “Cinema’s Hegemony: Imperial and cinematic futures at the start of the Asian century” and Tosin Gbogi on “Race and Migrant Bodies in Contemporary African Poetry.”

Session 5: Migration Divides: Race, religion, and othering

Presentations by Arun Chaudhuri on “The Prince and the Governors: The anxious locations of race and religion in South Asian American immigrant histories” and Kirsten Wesselhoeft on “Islam, Anti-Racism, and the Anxieties of French Diversity Politics.”

Session 6: The Power to Police: Biopolitics and contemporary empire

Presentations by Salah Khan on “Resistance and the Info-sphere,” Kristin Bright on “Strangers in Their Own Flesh: An intimate story about Trump and Modi,” and Carly Thomsen on “Mechanisms of Empire’s Reproduction: An analysis of crisis pregnancy centers.”

Session 7: Conference Summary and Wrap-Up

A roundtable discussion with all presenters, led by conference organizers Tamar Mayer and Daniel Silva, in which emergent themes are discussed, questions for future research are highlighted, and feedback is shared.