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Lecture: "Citizenship, Materiality, and Necroviolence Along the U.S.-Mexico Border" Oct. 18

  • 10/18/2012 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom
  • Event Type: Lecture

Lecture: "Citizenship, Materiality, and Necroviolence Along the U.S.-Mexico Border" Oct. 18Each year hundreds of thousands of people attempt to enter the United States from Mexico without authorization through various means including crossing the Sonoran Desert of Arizona on foot or using false identification at ports of entry. During this crossing process people actively construct, contest, and obfuscate a multiplicity of identities through various forms of material culture including clothing, identification paperwork (or lack thereof), and other items. In addition, people often purposefully or accidentally leave these objects behind during the crossing process.

Using a combination of ethnographic work conducted at migrant shelters in Mexico and archaeological research in the deserts of Arizona, Jason DeLeon examines what the objects that people carry with them across the border can tell us about how they prepare for this process and how federal enforcement policies have shaped perceptions of migrant lives and deaths. In this lecture, DeLeon posits that he notion of citizenship along the U.S.-Mexico border plays a crucial role in the construction, maintenance, and obfuscation of various types of violence including a form that occurs post-mortem.

Jason DeLeon is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan. Please join us for his lecture "Citizenship, Materiality, and Necroviolence Along the U.S.-Mexico Border: Recent Research from the Undocumented Migration Project."

Thursday, October 18, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Beam Classroom, VAC

Hosted by the Latin American Studies Program with support from the McKeen Center for the Common Good, the Sociology and Anthropology Department, the Latin American Students Organization, and the Lectures and Concerts Committee.
Photo (c) Michael Wells