Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Jennifer K Dick speaking at Citizenship Across Borders on Oct 20th 2022

I am thrilled to announce that I will be giving a talk at the CITIZENSHIP ACROSS BORDERS conference in Strasbourg at the Palais Universitaire Salle Pasteur (full programme for anyone interested in attending below). I will be speaking in Panel 1 Citizenship as a construction: Language, Literature and Perceptions at 13h30. My talk is titled: " Under Flag: Language and (Unattainable) Homogenization in the Era of Postnational Citizenship" and it is about the multilingual writings and performances of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Craig Santos Perez, Bhanu Kapil and Myung Mi Kim.

Abstract for my talk;

As definitions of nationality and citizenship develop and change, one of the unifying methods of assembling a people under one flag has continued to be language. Language tests have become a component of Nationality exams in France and other European States. Perception of poor reading or writing skills in the language of the country one is attempting to officially migrate into has even lead to the revocation of temporary asylum and national status. Defining nation and citizen based on language is even more highly problematic within the USA, where there has never been an official National Language. This talk will explore how this complex, highly fallacious method of calling a people a people, unified under the umbrella of language, has been radically deplored and deftly criticized within later 20th century and early 21st century experimental poetry and poetics, especially in the writings of marginalized and immigrant populations of the United States, from immigrants Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's and Myung Mi Kim’s books to USA native of Guam, Craig Santos Perez’s 4-book cycle from Unincorporated Territory. These authors, like Bhanu Kapil who I will also speak about, in inspiring, emblematic works, have quietly been lobbying through marginalized, often invisible poetic practices for non-binary existences, for new ways to say “I belong”, “I am here”, methods of recognizing the root relationship between language (as spoken and written) in attaining a post-national state of citizenship.

These works are a reckoning and recognition of linguistic and cultural otherness within perceived unified nations. As such, exploration and study of these authors provide essential tools for deeper reflections on notions of citizenship and nationality in our increasingly globalized world.              


Organized by

University of Strasbourg – Syracuse University


Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University


Université de Strasbourg, DRES National Centre for Scientific Research UMR 7354


Syracuse Abroad and the Syracuse Strasbourg Center

20-21 October 2022


October 20th Thursday

Université de Strasbourg, Palais Universitaire, Salle Pasteur

9h00-9h15 Welcome in the Aula of the University Palace

9h30 Opening: Carol Faulkner / Samim Akgönül

Welcome address: Erika Wilkens (Syracuse Abroad) / Vincente Fortier (DRES research center)

Raymond Bach (Syracuse Strasbourg Center)


Keynote: Elizabeth Cohen, Syracuse University: Citizenship Across Generations

12h00 Lunch break sponsored by DRES Research Center  


Restaurant « la Victoire », 24 Quai des Pêcheurs, 67000 Strasbourg


13h30 Panel 1


Citizenship as a construction: Language, Literature and Perceptions

Chair: Samim Akgönül


Dympna Callaghan, Syracuse University: “Poor citizen, distressed”:  Shakespeare and the Citizen


Jennifer K. Dick, University of Haute Alsace: Under Flag: Language and (Unattainable) Homogenization in the Era of Postnational Citizenship


Subhasree Ghosh, University of Calcutta, From Subjects to Citizens: ‘Constructing’ Citizenship in Post-Colonial India, 1947-1955


15h00-15h15 Coffee Break


15h15 Panel 2


Post-ottoman nationhood and citizenship

Chair: Seth Jolly


Samim Akgӧnül, University of Strasbourg: Why immigrants vote? External vote of Turks in Europe and loyalty concerns

Yunus Sözen, LeMoyne College: Pro-immigration Right-Wing Authoritarian Populism: Redefining Nation and Citizenship in Turkey

Inci Öykü Yener-Roderburg, University of Essen-Duisburg: Non-voter remote refugee partisanship:  Evidence from the non-voter Kurds for the Turkish Elections in Germany


16h45-17h00 coffee break


17h00 Panel 3


Legal citizenship: roots and mutations

Chair: John J. Goodman


Chris R. Kyle, Syracuse University: Birthright Naturalization Law: An English Historical Perspective


Andres Sanchez-Padilla, Centro Universitario de la Defensa de Zaragoza: Defining the Rules of Naturalization: Sovereignty, Citizenship, and U.S.-Spanish Relations (1868-1884)


Dalia Abdelhady, Lund University, and Amy Lutz, Syracuse University: Lived Citizenship among the Children of North African Immigrants


18h30 Break before Dinner


19h30 Conference dinner sponsored by the Maxwell School,

Restaurant “Au pont Saint Martin” 15 Rue des Moulins, 67000 Strasbourg



October 21st Friday

Syracuse University Strasbourg Center, Room 202/203

19 Quai Rouget de Lisle

8h30-9h00 Welcome and coffee

9h00 Panel 4


Challenges of Immigration between Africa and Europe

Chair: Mary Boyington



Seth Jolly, Syracuse University: Immigration as the Key Structuring Issue of Party Politics in Europe


Kishauna Soljour, San Diego State University: Afrique Sur Seine: Sub-Saharan African Migration and Acculturation in France


John Goodman, Syracuse University Strasbourg Center: Citizenship as a Mirage: Diplomatic Challenges and Suspended Citizenship in the Sahel


10h30-10h045 coffee break



10h45 Panel 5


Citizenship and identity: Gender and Social Movements

Chair: Carol Faulkner


Azra Hromadžić, Syracuse University: A City in Love with the River in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Debora Spini, Syracuse University Florence Center: “My Indianness is my religion”: inclusive citizenship and the women protest of Shaheen Bagh, New Delhi


Dagmar Wernitznig, University of Ljubijana: Citizenship, Gender, and Post-War Transitions: Historiographical Case Studies of Alien Women


12h30 Lunch break sponsored by Syracuse Abroad

            Restaurant Le Jasmin 1 Rue Schimper, 67000 Strasbourg


14h00 Round table and debate


And then what? New nationalism in Post-national era


  With Hélène Quanquin, University of Lille; Carol Faulkner, Syracuse University; Samim Akgönül, University of Strasbourg; Elizabeth Cohen, Syracuse University

16h00 End of the conference and free time in Strasbourg

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Paris Writers' Workshop 2022 with WICE this week reading at Red Wheelbarrow

This week of the WICE Paris Writers' Workshop has events for participants and for the public. Don't miss out on the special opportunities that the workshop offers, and please join me both for the FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC READING at the Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore on Thursday night at 6p and for the FREE PANEL TALK Friday evening at FORUM 104, 65006 Paris.


30 June—6pm: WICE Paris Writers’ Workshop Faculty & Student Reading at Red Wheelbarrow with Jennifer K Dick (poetry), Lauren Groff (novel), Alecia McKenzie (short story) & Jeffrey Greene (creative nonfiction). These faculty members will be reading at 6pm Thursday the 30th of June and presenting some of their PWW participant workshoppers who will share work, too!

PANEL TALK JULY 1 2022 4pm-6pm: to close this fabulous week on writing in Paris. Please join us for this conversation on WRITING IN PARIS: MIGRATION AND THE ARTS with CRAIG CARLSON, JENNIFER K DICK, MATT JONES and JAKE LAMAR, moderated by KATHLEEN CHURCHILL. Open to the public, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED via the WICE PWW website:

Monday, June 13, 2022

RED WHEELBARROW READING the 19th of June 2022 at 3pm



The Red Wheelbarrow
9 & 11 rue de Medici
75006 Paris
M° Odéon, Cluny or RER B Luxembourg


Alexander Dickow is the author of 8 books—most recently Le premier souper (La Volte, 2021) & The Appetites (Madhat, Inc, 2018). He writes with equal versatility in both English & French as well as in a combination of the two. He has also translated 2 books & edited 2 critical volumes. For more, see:

Jennifer K Dick is the author of 4 collections of poetry & 6 chap/artbooks. She directs the department of English at Université de Haute Alsace, France. She will be reading from That Which I Touch Has No Name (Black Spring Press Group, 2022) & artbooks from Estepa Editions, France. For more, see  

Biswamit Dwibedy is the author of 6 collections of poetry published in India & the United States, including Hubble Gardener (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018). He is the founder & editor of Anew Print, a small press that publishes limited-edition chapbooks from writers in India & abroad, & he edited selections of Indian poetry in translation from 7 different regional languages for Aufgabe in 2015. He teaches at The American University of Paris.

Laura Mullen is the author of 8 books of poetry (most recently Complicated Grief, Solid Objects 2015). Her translations from the French include Hero by Véronique Pittolo (Black Square Editions, 2018). Mullen is currently the Kenan Professor of the Humanities in Creative Writing at Wake Forest University’s Department of English. She will be reading recent translations alongside the French. For more see: