Human Trafficking in an Era of Globalization: 1/11–12, 2013

Human Traf­fick­ing in an Era of Glob­al­iza­tion: Forced Labor, Invol­un­tary Servi­tude, and Cor­po­rate & Civic Responsibility

An inter­na­tional con­fer­ence to exam­ine the root causes of human traf­fick­ing and develop strate­gies to work towards not only pre­vent­ing, but also erad­i­cat­ing the trade.

Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 11, 2013:
Reg­is­tra­tion Opens at 8:30am
Pro­gram 9:00am-5:15pm
Forced Migra­tion & Labor Rights
Inter­na­tional Trade Agree­ments
Human Rights
Keynote & Recep­tion: 5:30–7:30pm

Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 12, 2013
Pro­gram 9:00am-4:15pm
Pub­lic Health
How Sur­vivor Ser­vices Can be Improved
Eth­i­cal Sourc­ing & Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment
Human­iz­ing the Impacts of Human Trafficking

Location:University of Wash­ing­ton Husky Union Build­ing (HUB), North Ballroom

Tick­ets are avail­able for $150 and can be pur­chased at:

Spon­sored by the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton Women’s Center.

1491s at UW: Friday, November 30

The 1491s are com­ing to the UW!

Indian Coun­try Today: “The 1491s are a group of Native Amer­i­cans who got together to do com­edy videos for fun and put them on to see what would hap­pen. The videos, which range from bit­ing cul­tural satire and seri­ous polit­i­cal state­ments to just plain goofi­ness, went viral in Indian coun­try and gained an instant following…The 1491s are some of the fun­ni­est peo­ple in Indian coun­try; they hold a mir­ror up to the cul­ture and cri­tique it with a pointed stick.”

When: Fri­day, Novem­ber 30th, 7-9pm
Where: Sav­ery 260

For more infor­ma­tion on the 1491s check out:

Spon­sored by First Nations@UW, Amer­i­can Indian Stud­ies depart­ment, the ECC (Office of Minor­ity Affairs and Diver­sity), and the ASUW AISC

Straddling Boundaries CFP: December 2, 2012

Strad­dling Bound­aries: Hemi­spherism, Cul­tural Iden­tity, and Indi­gene­ity

The keynote speak­ers for this con­fer­ence will be: Clau­dia Sadowski-Smith; Niigaan­wewidam James Sin­clair; Guillermo Verdecchia

The Cul­ture and the Canada-US Bor­der (CCUSB) net­work invites pro­pos­als for 20 minute papers, or full pan­els, for its inau­gural con­fer­ence to be held at Algoma Uni­ver­sity, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, from 24th-26th May 2013.

Where bor­der stud­ies in North Amer­ica has hith­erto focused pri­mar­ily on US engage­ment with Mex­ico to the south, the CCUSB net­work seeks to shift bor­der dis­cus­sion North to the 49th par­al­lel, and to inves­ti­gate the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the bor­der in both Amer­i­can and Cana­dian cul­ture and cul­tural production.

As part of a series of CCUSB events, this con­fer­ence will inter­vene in famil­iar bor­der dis­courses, which have expanded out of the social and polit­i­cal con­texts of the US-Mexico bor­der, while the Cana­dian bor­der with the USA has tended to be overlooked—prior to 9.11 at least—as ‘pas­sive’. Ulti­mately we seek to develop fur­ther border-specific con­ver­sa­tions within Hemi­spheric and Transna­tional Stud­ies, draw­ing atten­tion to the ways in which cul­tural pro­duc­tion at/on the Canada-US bor­der both cor­rob­o­rates and unset­tles that nar­ra­tive of ‘pas­siv­ity’, and high­lights the nuances and exi­gen­cies of US-Canadian rela­tions, as well as Canada’s unique place in the cul­tural his­tory of the Americas.

Algoma Uni­ver­sity is a small pro­gres­sive uni­ver­sity in North­ern Ontario over­look­ing the Canada US bor­der, pro­vid­ing an ideal loca­tion for the stag­ing of this con­fer­ence. The strate­gic loca­tion of the Twin Cities of Sault Canada and Sault Michi­gan on the St. Mary’s River is the site of a rich inter­na­tional his­tory linked to bor­der issues, includ­ing those sur­round­ing indi­gene­ity and the bor­der, the cross-fertilization of cul­tural iden­tity, and the cul­ture and ‘archi­tec­ture’ of post-9/11 secu­rity and sur­veil­lance. The Algoma cam­pus is located on the site of a for­mer Indian res­i­den­tial school, and now includes Anishi­naabe pro­grams through Shing­wauk Edu­ca­tion Trust. For the 2013 CCUSB con­fer­ence we will have the option of accom­mo­da­tion on site so that par­tic­i­pants can enjoy the cam­pus. For fur­ther details, visit:

We seek con­tri­bu­tions that exam­ine issues raised by the cul­tural impli­ca­tions of the Canada-US bor­der in Cana­dian and/or Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture, tele­vi­sion, cin­ema, visual art, music, and other cul­tural forms, as well as the sig­nif­i­cance of such cul­tural forms within other discourses—truth and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, health pol­icy, secu­rity, for­eign pol­icy, and so on. We par­tic­u­larly encour­age papers focus­ing on the fol­low­ing issues, though sub­mis­sions on any rel­e­vant area of inter­est are wel­come:
Indi­gene­ity and the border(lands)
migra­tion and immi­gra­tion
cul­tural cross-fertilization
mil­i­ta­riza­tion of the bor­der
cul­tures and archi­tec­tures of sur­veil­lance
racial­i­sa­tion along the bor­der
améri­can­ité and the Québec-US bor­der
Canada and hemi­spheric Amer­ica
lan­guage and region­al­ism
the cul­ture of leisure on and across the border

Please send pro­pos­als for 20-minute papers and a brief CV to by 30th Novem­ber 2012. Panel pro­pos­als of 3 papers (for a 90 minute slot) should include paper pro­pos­als plus a brief (100 words) sum­mary of the panel’s theme.

A num­ber of post­grad­u­ate travel bur­saries are avail­able. See web­site for details.

Cather­ine Barter
Research Net­work Admin­is­tra­tor | “Cul­ture and the Canada-US Bor­der“
School of Eng­lish, Uni­ver­sity of Kent, CT2 7NX
Work­ing Hours: Mon­day and Tues­day, 9am-5pm

Monroy-Hernandez: “The New War Correspondents: The Rise of Civic Media Curation in Urban Warfare”

Wed. Nov 28, 2012
EEB 403
12:00pm — 1:20pm

In this pre­sen­ta­tion Monroy-Hernandez will describe the infor­ma­tion shar­ing prac­tices
of peo­ple liv­ing amid urban narco-violence. Monroy-Hernandez will out­line the vol­ume
and fre­quency of microblog­ging activ­ity from four cities afflicted by
the Mex­i­can Drug War, show­ing how cit­i­zens use social media to alert
one another and to com­ment on the vio­lence that plagues their
com­mu­ni­ties. Then he will explain the emer­gence of civic media
“cura­tors,” indi­vid­u­als who act as “war cor­re­spon­dents” by aggre­gat­ing
and dis­sem­i­nat­ing infor­ma­tion to large num­bers of peo­ple on social
media. He will con­clude by sketch­ing out the impli­ca­tions of our
obser­va­tions for the design of civic media sys­tems in wartime.

Andrés Monroy-Hernández is a researcher at Microsoft Research and an
Affil­i­ate at Har­vard University’s Berk­man Cen­ter for Inter­net &
Soci­ety. His research focuses on the design and study of social
com­put­ing sys­tems that sup­port cre­ative expres­sion and civic
engage­ment. His work has been fea­tured in the New York Times, CNN,
Wired, and has received awards from Ars Elec­tron­ica, and the MacArthur
Dig­i­tal Media and Learn­ing Com­pe­ti­tion. He holds a PhD from the MIT
Media Lab and a BS in Com­puter Sci­ence from Tec de Mon­ter­rey in

Crossing Borders Conference CFP: January 1, 2013

The Grad­u­ate Stu­dents of the depart­ment of Amer­i­can Stud­ies and Eth­nic­ity at USC have revived the Cross­ing Bor­ders Con­fer­ence on March 29th & 30th, 2013. Cross­ing Bor­ders is a decade long col­lab­o­ra­tion to bring together grad­u­ate stu­dents from USC, UC San Diego, UC Berke­ley, UC River­side, UCLA and beyond in the inter­est of ini­ti­at­ing con­ver­sa­tions across insti­tu­tions and dis­ci­plines. This is a joint endeavor to fos­ter intel­lec­tual com­mu­nity amongst grad­u­ate stu­dents pur­su­ing degrees in Eth­nic Stud­ies, Amer­i­can Stud­ies, the human­i­ties, arts and social sci­ence pro­grams in California.

This year’s con­fer­ence engages the theme of “cross­ing” as both a spa­tial oper­a­tion that con­founds and con­sol­i­dates bor­ders and as an ana­lytic through which to recon­cep­tu­al­ize pol­i­tics, cul­ture, and social move­ments. Cross­ing chal­lenges con­ven­tional under­stand­ings of impe­ri­al­ism, cap­i­tal­ism, mil­i­tarism, debt accu­mu­la­tion, uneven geo­graphic devel­op­ment, and impris­on­ment by illu­mi­nat­ing the mobil­ity of peo­ple, prac­tices, ideas, and goods while trans­form­ing our con­cep­tions of jus­tice, sol­i­dar­ity, col­lab­o­ra­tion, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Cross­ing also asks us to con­sider the meth­ods of multi– and inter-disciplinary modes of knowl­edge. Explor­ing the con­cept of “bor­der” beyond a sin­gu­lar under­stand­ing as geo­graphic space, this con­fer­ence encour­ages a mul­ti­di­rec­tional under­stand­ing of “bor­der­land” as dis­cur­sive, mate­r­ial, dis­ci­pli­nary, psy­chic, and imag­ined. The con­ver­gences of these dif­fer­ent political-intellectual projects sum­mon unruly archives and require flex­i­ble under­stand­ings of race, class, gen­der, and sex­u­al­ity. Such con­ver­gences ask us to inves­ti­gate the ways these cat­e­gories are re-calibrated and dis­man­tled through strug­gle in times of cri­sis. We seek papers that address the notion of cross­ing in any num­ber of dif­fer­ent strug­gles, sites and con­flicts. Sub­mis­sion dead­line: Jan­u­ary 1, 2013.


Pos­si­ble Top­ics and Themes include (but are not lim­ited to):
inter­dis­ci­pli­nary meth­ods & epis­te­molo­gies
polit­i­cal econ­omy
geog­ra­phy & mem­ory
gov­er­nance, dis­sent, & sur­veil­lance
transna­tion­al­ism & the nation-state
queer & fem­i­nist of color analy­sis
spa­tial and social the­ory
rep­re­sen­ta­tion & visu­al­ity
neolib­er­al­ism, lib­er­al­ism, & social­ism
settler-colonialism, decolo­nial­ity, & indi­gene­ity
con­fine­ment & impris­on­ment
debt & consumption

Indi­vid­ual paper sub­mis­sion require­ments:
paper abstract: 250 words
1 page CV
list of 3–5 keywords/themes
Panel sub­mis­sion require­ments:
panel title
panel abstract of 250 words
indi­vid­ual paper abstracts of 250 words each
1 page CVs for all par­tic­i­pants
Send ques­tions & sub­mis­sions (in a sin­gle PDF file) to
For more infor­ma­tion, go to

Jen Jack Giesek­ing, Ph.D.
Vis­it­ing Assis­tant Research Pro­fes­sor, The Grad­u­ate Cen­ter of the City Uni­ver­sity of New York

Newell: “The Art of Survival: Life and Death on the Tinaja Trail”

Mon­day, Novem­ber 19, 2012
Mary Gates Hall 420

Infor­ma­tion School researcher and doc­u­men­tary film­maker Bryce Newell presents a sneak pre­view of “The Art of Sur­vival: Life and Death on the Tinaja Trail.” This doc­u­men­tary cov­ers the story of net­works of vol­un­teers caching water sup­plies, dis­trib­ut­ing recy­cled cel­lu­lar phones, and run­ning GPS trail-finding soft­ware to help migrants cross­ing the bor­der. This ses­sion will include a dis­cus­sion of the impli­ca­tions of infor­ma­tion in border-crossing scenarios.

Art of Survival film flyer

Flores: “Salsa Power: The Politics in/of Latin Music of the 1960s”

Fri­day, Novem­ber 30, 2012
4 pm
Comm 120

Flo­res (New York Uni­ver­sity) exam­ines how the con­ta­gious musi­cal and dance appeal of salsa tends to obscure its pow­er­ful polit­i­cal con­tent and con­text. Even the pachanga and booga­loo crazes of the ear­lier and mid-60s, which appears to be no more than party exhor­ta­tions and nov­elty tunes, were born of an intensely polit­i­cal real­ity and har­bor an intrin­sic call for social change and cul­tural affir­ma­tion. Later in the decade, in the sounds of Willie Colon, Ray Bar­retto and Eddie Palmieri, the polit­i­cal agenda became more explicit, accom­pa­ny­ing as it did the mil­i­tant move­ment of the Young Lords and rev­o­lu­tion­ary voices of the Nuy­or­i­can Poets. In his talk, Juan Flo­res fills in this con­text, by putting this vibrant stage in New York’s Latin music in its place in the broader story, and lis­ten­ing to what some of the clas­sic salsa songs actu­ally say across the polit­i­cal ages.

Flores flyer

Derby: “The Gender of the Spell: Explaining Demonic Animal Narratives on the Haitian-Dominican Frontier”

Thurs­day, Novem­ber 29, 2012
4 pm
Comm 120

Derby (Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los Ange­les) ana­lyzes nar­ra­tives about the baca–a guardian angel or spirit demon that appears as an animal–from Haiti and the Domini­can Repub­lic. She com­pares and con­trasts rural Domini­can and urban Hait­ian tales about these crea­tures which appear as dogs, cat­tle, boars, or turkeys. Con­trary to lit­er­a­ture which pre­sumes that Hait­ian and Domini­can reli­gious ide­olo­gies are dialec­ti­cally opposed (Vodou-Catholic), she argues that these tales are more struc­turally sim­i­lar than dif­fer­ent, and con­sti­tute a sin­gle genre, even if gen­der and sin are emplot­ted some­what dif­fer­ently in the tales col­lected here. Derby seeks to explain the fact that in the rural bor­der the sto­ries are pri­mar­ily about male pro­tag­o­nist hero­ism vis-a-vis a super­nat­ural foe, while in Port au Prince after the 2010 earth­quake they fueled gen­dered vio­lence as women were stoned to death on the grounds that they had become turkeys and snatched babies in the dead of night. Derby’s research draws upon oral his­to­ries col­lected in the cen­tral Hait­ian and Domini­can fron­tier, as well as Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from 2008–2011.

Robin Derby Flyer

Lawson: A Crisis of Care and a Crisis of Borders: Towards Caring Citizenship

7 pm, Wednes­day, Novem­ber 7
Kane 110

Law­son con­sid­ers the ethics and prac­tices of care in the global era and invites a col­lec­tive con­ver­sa­tion about how we frame social cit­i­zen­ship, how we care and who cares for whom. As the demand for care in the U.S. is rapidly increas­ing while pub­lic sup­port for care is falling dra­mat­i­cally, care needs are increas­ingly met in the mar­ket place where care is simul­ta­ne­ously com­mod­i­fied and deval­ued. Accord­ing to Law­son, this “cri­sis of care” is often borne by low-income care providers, many of whom are racial-ethnic women who may be immi­grants and who are often assumed to be undoc­u­mented. Here, she con­tends, the cri­sis of care meets a bor­der crisis.

Since 1996, immi­grants’ rights have been cur­tailed and bor­der enforce­ment has been inten­si­fied and rescaled. Law­son explores how efforts to con­trol the move­ment and work of undoc­u­mented migrants and asy­lum seek­ers have unleashed new spa­tial strate­gies of bor­der enforce­ment that have shifted where the bor­der is, and for whom the bor­der comes into being. In some states, bor­ders are being enforced in com­mu­ni­ties, work­places, hos­pi­tals and schools. These bor­der prac­tices inten­sify the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of low-wage care providers regard­less of their cit­i­zen­ship sta­tus, and con­tribute to the deval­u­a­tion of care.

An inter­na­tion­ally respected fem­i­nist geo­g­ra­pher, Law­son is co-founder of the Rela­tional Poverty Net­work and Mid­dle Class Poverty Pol­i­tics project. A past-president of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can Geo­g­ra­phers, she is also the author of Mak­ing Devel­op­ment Geog­ra­phy (2007) and serves as edi­tor for the jour­nal Progress in Human Geography.