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"Death and Its Afterlives: De/composing Boundaries" Conference

Comparative Literature Intra-student Faculty Forum (CLIFF) 2024
Friday, March 8, 2024
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.) Map
Death and Its Afterlives: De/composing Boundaries
28th Annual CLIFF Conference
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
March 8-9, 2024
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Luciana Chamorro, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan

Full schedule and abstract descriptions linked here:

From necropolitics to ecological decline, from digital dead links to haunted sites, from the material ruins of late capitalism to the allegorical decay of “late style,” this year’s CLIFF conference seeks to de/compose the boundaries between the living and the dead. We hope to bring together a diverse set of critical interests and disciplines on a terrain where death and precarious (after)lives lay bare the politics of exclusion, the erosion of memory, and the ethical responsibilities that confront us in the face of current crises. Our graduate student-organized conference aims to foster interdisciplinary dialogues; we welcome researchers, independent scholars, and artists to join us in exploring death, rebirth, and the in-between.

For our 28th annual conference, the Comparative Literature Intra-student Faculty Forum (CLIFF) invites 15 minute presentations based in literary analysis, critical theory, history, politics, anthropology, translation studies, and interdisciplinary work. These presentations may take the form of academic papers, creative work, performance, and/or visual media.

We are very pleased to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Luciana Chamorro, professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Chamorro is a socio-cultural anthropologist studying revolution and its afterlives in the Central American region and its diasporas. Her work includes research on political revolution and violence, desire and affect, generational difference, states of exception, and feminist and queer imaginaries of the future.

If you are planning to attend this event and need accommodations, please notify the organizers by February 22, 2024, so that proper arrangements can be made. The organizers can be contacted at

Our conference is entirely organized by graduate students in the University of Michigan's Department of Comparative Literature. This year's organizing members are Arianna Afsari, CC Barrick, Delsa Lopez, and Sanjana Ramanathan.
Building: Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.)
Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Tags: Area Studies, Comparative Literature, conference, Graduate Students, Humanities, Interdisciplinary, Literature, Research
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum (CLIFF), The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, History of Art, Comparative Literature, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Classical Studies, University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), Rackham Graduate School, International Institute, Department of Film, Television, and Media, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Romance Languages & Literatures, Department of American Culture, Department of Anthropology, Department of History, Department of Linguistics, Department of English Language and Literature, Department of Psychology, Germanic Languages & Literatures
Upcoming Dates:
Friday, March 8, 2024 9:00 AM-5:00 PM