Symposium: Dislocations and Migrations

Symposium: Dislocations and Migrations

Friday and Saturday, March 30 – 31, 2018

Friday: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:45 pm

Deeply rooted in history and manifested across the globe, displacements and migrations uniquely characterize all human experience. But migrations are not all alike, nor are their causes and consequences easily described, much less understood. After all, migration can be voluntary and involuntary, ‘displacement’ speaks to power differentially deployed and experienced, and movements challenge domestic and international relationships. 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 of identities, and re-creation of communities, and thus refocus our notions of belonging, citizenship, community, family and health. Searing images of asylum seekers crowded onto leaky vessels plying dangerous waters; divisive political discourse surrounding immigration, walls, and sanctuary; and the broader effects of war, poverty and environmental change upon individuals and communities compel scholars to address intersecting dimensions of human displacement and migration.

Gathering in Tulsa at the Helmerich Center for American Research, Dislocations and Migrations coordinates university and community scholar/activists, archivists, curators, and librarians to consider these many questions from a variety of perspectives. This interdisciplinary conference engages diverse research approaches, applications, and means of communication/delivery/format, and is designed to share ongoing research and applied scholarship, publicize the rich resources housed at the Gilcrease, University of Tulsa and other regional repositories, and nurture relationships between the University, Gilcrease Museum, community groups near and far. It represents an opportunity to demonstrate the ways in which archival, museum, and library resources support inquiry, and engage multiple topics by erasing artificial boundaries between the academy and the communities we serve. It articulates the University of Tulsa’s vibrant partnership with the Gilcrease Museum and the Helmerich Center for American Research, as organized through Cultures of the Americas (COTA), a faculty and staff-driven initiative designed to foster interdisciplinary teaching and research through a hemispheric perspective. TU’s matchless archives, special collections, fine art and archaeological collections housed at the Helmerich Center for American Research, Gilcrease Museum, and the University of Tulsa McFarlin Library support COTA and many other initiatives.

Symposium Panels and Chairs


“People, Process, and the Politics of Latin American Migration to the U.S.”
“Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Forced Migrations and Historical Trauma”
“The Archaeology and Public History of Enslaved Africans in the Americas”
“Bob Dylan’s Travels across America”


Graduate Student Panels in Association with Oklahoma State University
“The Tulsa School: Poetic Departures and Returns”
“Caribbean Migrations and Dislocations: Comparative Perspectives on Jean Rhys”
Tulsa Artist Fellowship Panel – “Artist from Afar Engaging Oklahoma”

Panel Chairs

Jennifer L. Airey, Ph.D.
Danielle Carlotti-Smith, Ph.D.
Mark Davidson, Ph.D.
Laura Fry, M.A.
Brian Hosmer, Ph.D.
Grant Jenkins, Ph.D.
Sean Latham, Ph.D.
Alicia Odewale, Ph.D.
Kristen Oertel, Ph.D.
Julia White
Andrew Grant Wood, Ph.D.


Seating is limited, and registration is required.

Registration dates: February 14 – March 23, 2018

$25/Gilcrease Museum members
$35/Not-yet members
$10/Students and Educators

There will be a limited number of complimentary tickets available for TU Faculty and Students. Please contact Alex Patterson at 918-631-6412 for additional information.

Lunch option: $20 per day


A Cotton Plantation on the Mississippi
A Cotton Plantation on the Mississippi
William Aiken Walker
1883, oil on canvas
GM 0126.1206

Optional Lunch Menu

Friday Buffet

Caesar Salad
Chicken Marsala
Lemon Pepper Catfish with Grilled Lemon
Roasted Rosemary New Potatoes
Carrots and Green Bean Medley
Rolls and Butter
Bourbon Bread Pudding

Saturday Buffet

Gilcrease Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
Salmon with Champagne Cream Sauce
Chicken Piccata
Roasted Red Potatoes with Herbs
Vegetable Medley
Rolls and Butter
Berry Cobbler

For more information, please contact Alex Patterson at 918-631-6412, or


Above: Trail of Tears by Jerome Tiger, Native American; Creek, Seminole, detail, 1966, tempera painting, GM 0227.1961