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Previous Conferences

The Department of International Studies hosts and participates in many conferences throughout the year, giving our students opportunities to present papers and hear from visiting scholars.

Spring Conference 2014: Critical Perspectives on Technology and Information

On April 24th, eight students presented on a range of topics including telecommunications, mineral mining, virtual communities, the role of technology in activism,  Google Earth, and the international monetary system.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Markus Schulz, delivered a lecture entitled "iTopian Inquiries: New Media and Transnational Activism."

Award Winning Presentations:

Michelle Mueller (BA) - Geopolitics of Google Earth: Uncovering the truth behind border disputes, archaeological research and politics of nation building
Alexandra George (BA) - Reclaiming Technology: Worker collectives and reimagined communities in Argentinas factories
Miriam Keep (BA) - Technologies of Urban Planning: Slum clearance in Morocco
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Autumn Conference 2013: Interventions in the Post-Colonial World

The Autumn 2013 Conference was held on Nov 5th at the DePaul Lincoln Park Campus. Faculty presentations included:

Clothing the Dry Bones of Imperialism: An Analysis of Humanitarian Intervention and Forced Migration in Neo-Colonial Societies | Ogenga Otunnu, DePaul University

Radical Epistemology, Labor Diaspora, and the Muslim International | Junaid Rana, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

From Jungle Doctors to Clinical Tourists: Biomedicine and the Imperative to Intervene | Noelle Sullivan, Northwestern University

Still Waiting for the Post to Arrive | Jodi Byrd, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Spring Conference 2013: Interventions in the Post-Colonial World

The Spring 2013 Student Conference was held on May 7th at the DePaul Lincoln Park Campus. Four graduate students and seven undergraduate students presented on a range of topics including refugee camps, neoliberal development, resource extraction, military intervention, and south-south partnerships.

The keynote speaker, Dr. William Munro, delivered a lecture entitled "Cellular Power: Can Androids and Agricultural Scientists Solve the Challenge of Global Hunger?"

Award-Winning Presentations:

​Karlee Johnson (MA)  - The Impact of Mainstreaming Fair Trade Textiles 

​Keavy McFadden (BA)  - An Extensive and Continuous Intervention: Making Sense of US Presence in El Salvador 

​Mishal Qureshi  (BA)  - The 1987 - 1990 Indian Peace Keeping Forces Intervention in the Sri Lankan Civil War

Conference Program​

Autumn Conference 2012: The Politics of Resources in the Neoliberal Era

The Autumn 2012 Conference was held on October 25th at the DePaul Lincoln Park Campus. Faculty presentations included:

Malthus's Shadow: Scarcity, Constraint, and Bio-Social Science | Stephen Engelmann, Associate Professor of Political Science-UIC

'Savage Harvest': Agriculture and the Performance of  Postcolonial Territorialization | Maureen Sioh, Associate Professor of Geography-DePaul

Water & Oil in the Making of Saudi Arabia | Toby Jones, Associate Professor of History- Rutgers University

Conference Program​ 

Spring Conference 2012: Popular Movements in Times of Crisis 

The Spring 2012 Student Conference was held on April 18th at the DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus.

Eight students from DePaul and the University of Illinois at Chicago presented on topics related to the theme of Popular Movements in Times of Crisis.

The keynote speaker, Peter Brogan, delivered a lecture entitled "Crisis, Urban Transformation, and the Fight for Education Justice." 

Award-Winning Undegraduate Presentations:
Miriam Keep, The Rise of al-Sadrs Mahdi Army in Iraq
Jean Panichi,  A Puerto Rican Social Movement in Chicago

Award-Winning Graduate Presentations:
Andrew Riplinger, International Response to the Climate Crisis
Ryan Sporer, Nativism in Response to Times of Crisis