Recorded Lectures for B/ordering Violence Boundaries, Gender, Indigeneity in the Americas: The 2012-13 John E. Sawyer Seminar in Comparative Cultures

Maria Josefina Saldana 10/08/12
Frontier Liberalism and the Genealogy of Mexico’s indio bárbaro, 1810-1870

Alicia Schmidt Camacho 10/25/2012
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Robin Derby 11/29/12
Cuidado con el perro que muerde callado:
Black Dogs as Trauma Revenants on Hispaniola

Juan Flores 11/30/2012
Salsa Power: The Politics in/of Latin Music of the 1960s

Shannon Speed 1/17/2013
Indigenous Women Migrants and Human Rights in the Era of Neoliberal Multicriminalism

Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez 2/7/2013
Yaqui Profiles of Deportability, 1899-1912×2

William Nericcio 2/28/2013
“Confessions of a Mexican American Hoarder” or “Prowling the Caucasian Bestiary”: The Existential and Insane Consequences of Collecting Latina/o Artifacts and Stereotypes×0

Audra Simpson and Ofelia Zepeda 4/11/2013
Mapping Sovereignty: Indigenous Borderlands, Speakers: Audra Simpson, Columbia University and Ofelia Zepeda, University of Arizona

Luis Vittor 5/2/2013
Communities Affected by Mining: The CONACAMI Case and its Impact on Latin America

Kim Tallbear, Noenoe Silva, Jon… 5/23/2013
Borders of Kinship: Species/Race/Indigeneity

Fuentes: “Visions of La Esmelda (Smeltertown): New urbanism, environmental justice, and brownfield redevelopment along the US-Mexico border”

Wednesday, January 30
5:30-7:30 pm
Gould 110

Tracy Fuentes, PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Urban Design and Planning Program, will present a case study of an urban brownfield site in the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez international metropolitan region. Following remediation, the most recent chapter in the history of La Esmelda (Smeltertown) includes plans to redevelop the site using New Urbanism design principles. But as the City of El Paso and the site trustee attempt to “recast the smelter” do the design and planning processes appropriately address the site history and affected communities? Can good design repair the wounded urban fabric and improve the quality of life and urban function?

Come learn more about this site’s history and join the conversation on the role of design in environmental justice and brownfield redevelopment. Food and drinks provided.

Speed: “Indigenous Women Migrants and Human Rights in the Era of Neoliberal Multicriminalism”

Thursday, January 17, 2013
COMM 120
4:00-6:00 pm

Indigenous women who migrate to the United States suffer human rights violations at every step: in their homes, where violence and impunity compel them to migrate; as they cross the wide expanse of Mexico; and once they enter the United States, where they face new vulnerability to partners or strangers if they are undocumented and incarceration if they ask for asylum.

This is not what was supposed to happen. The multicultural reforms of the 1990s in various Latin American countries generated hope and unprecedented social mobilization for indigenous women seeking full access to their human rights. However, the promises of neoliberal multiculturalism never materialized. Indigenous people suffered all the damage of ruthless neoliberal economics, without the democratic politics, rights regimes, and rule of law it was supposed to bring with it. In their stead, there are illegal economies on a massive scale and increasingly authoritarian states militarizing to combat illegality, while corruptly participating in it to reap some profits. This talk takes indigenous women migrants’ oral histories as a point of departure for analyzing the larger structures of power that mark them for
violence and render their human rights all but non-existent in the violent era Speed calls “neoliberal multicriminalism.”

Shannon Speed is Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and teaching interests include indigenous politics, human rights, neoliberalism, gender, feminist theory, and activist research. She has published five books and edited volumes, including Dissident Women: Gender and Cultural Politics in Chiapas (2006), Rights in Rebellion: Human Rights and Indigenous Struggle in Chiapas (2007), and Human Rights in the Maya Region: Global Politics,Moral Engagements, and Cultural Contentions (2008).

Speed E-flyer

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