This year’s conference theme is “New Coalitions”, a theme which speaks to the rich new forms of coalitional thought and practice emerging in our complex 21st-century world. The day’s varied assortment of graduate student-led panels includes discussions of suturing borders, scrambling archives, trusting spaces, the aesthetics of solidarity, and emerging conceptions of care, to name a few.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Sa’ed Atshan of Emory University, whose career links research to activism, and includes work with Israelis and Germans to repair the situation in Palestine/Israel, research about the parallels and disjunctures between African-American and Palestinian Quakers, and an ongoing study about LGBTQ movements across North Africa and the Middle East.