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Interdisciplinary Diaspora Studies Working Group

The Interdisciplinary Diaspora Studies Working Group is an intellectual community of scholars at Penn State studying various aspects of the lives, histories, and cultures of diasporic African peoples. This work group is a platform through which we can engage new ideas and theoretical approaches, receive support, and constructive criticisms from like-minded people.

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Good morning,

I am writing to invite you to participate in the Diaspora Studies Workshop, an interdisciplinary community of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members who have an interest in diaspora and critical race studies.

Although the group hosts a variety of events, our Works in Progress series is at the center of our organizational activity. The series provides opportunities for our members to receive constructive feedback on any project that is related to the diaspora, and we welcome all genres, including conference presentations, seminar papers, journal articles, and dissertation/book excerpts.

If you have finished/are working on a project that you would like to share with the group relatively soon (or in the distant future), please contact me. Also, feel free to share this email with anyone who might be interested in participating in the series or who might just be interested in joining the Diaspora Studies Workshop.

Because members of the group would like to see more collaboration occur in our sessions, especially across disciplines, I ask that you consider presenting with other students, postdocs, and professors. I will gladly help you locate individuals whose research complements your interests. However, if you prefer to present your work independently, I can also schedule you without the
accompaniment of other scholars.

I am in the process of scheduling our first workshop for the end of October, and I am still looking for presenters, so feel free to contact me at any time.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Mudiwa Pettus
Department of English
The Pennsylvania State University