Learn more about our conversations on migration, mobility, citizenship, and non-citizenship and see what we've been up to...
Labor Mobility and Precarity on a Global Scale: A Symposium with Guy Standing, Alejandro Grimson, and Biao Xiang
- On February 7, 2017, Guy Standing of the School of Oriental and African Studies shared his work on precarity and denizenship at the symposium, Labor Mobility and Precarity on a Global Scale, at UC Santa Cruz.
- Alejandro Grimson of Universidad Nacional de San Martín contributed to our discussion at Labor Mobility and Precarity on a Global Scale, our February 7, 2017, symposium at UC Santa Cruz, by turning our attention to Argentina and South America with his paper "The Waste Product of Globalization's Party."
- Biao Xiang of the University of Oxford helped close our February 7, 2017, symposium, Labor Mobility and Precarity on a Global Scale, with "The Other Precariat: Notes from Asia."
Emily Mitchell-Eaton on Pacific Islander Migration to Arkansas
- Emily Mitchell-Eaton, the CLRC's Mellon Post-Doctoral fellow, spoke on Northwest Arkansas' NPR affiliate station, KUAF, about her research on Pacific Islander migration and U.S. militarism in the Pacific on November 14, 2016. She also delivered a talk at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, Arkansas, and was featured in "Arkansas' Revolving Door" in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Philip Misevich and Konrad Tucscherer on the Atlantic Slave Trade and Forced Migration
- On October 26, 2016, Sylvanna Falcón, Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies, interviewed historians and filmmakers Philip Misevich and Konrad Tuchscherer of St. John’s University on KZSC 88.1FM's Artists on Art. In their interview, Professors Misevich and Tuchscherer discussed their research and some of the efforts it took to produce the film Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels.
- Inspired by Marcus Rediker's celebrated The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (Penguin, 2012), Tony Buba's 2014 documentary, Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels, chronicles Marcus Rediker, Philip Misevich, and Konrad Tuchscherer's trip to Sierra Leone in 2013 to visit the home villages of the people who seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839, to interview elders about local memory of the case, and to search for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading factory where their cruel transatlantic voyage began. In addition to narrating history from below, Ghosts of Amistad enacts and exemplifies the power and importance of scholarship to transform our understandings of the past and present.
Bridget Anderson on Citizenship and the Politics of Exclusion
- In her keynote address, Professor Anderson explores citizenship as both a legal status and moral claim. She examines what attention to debates about migration exposes about the nature of the "good citizen" and the rise of the worker citizen. Rather than seeing migrants and citizens as competitors for the privileges of membership, she argues for the importance of politics that are attentive to the connections between the non-citizen migrant and the "failed citizen" on welfare or with a criminal record.
On October 5, 2016, Sylvanna Falcón, Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies, interviewed Bridget Anderson, Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford, on KZSC 88.1FM's Artists on Art. Professor Anderson spoke about her personal history and its influence on her work on migration, citizenship, mobility, and exclusion.
On September 28, 2016, Institute for Humanities Research Managing Director Irena Polic, CLRC director Catherine Ramírez, and Andew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar Emily Mitchell-Eaton spoke with Nada Miljkovic about Non-citizenship and Bridget Anderson's upcoming inaugural keynote address, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Citizenship and the Politics of Exclusion," on Artists on Art on KZSC 88.1FM. Click the photo to the left to hear their intervew podcast.
- Bridget Anderson's lucid and compelling study of mobility explores the distinction between migrant and citizen by focusing on "the community of value." Not only "good citizens" comprise the community of value, Professor Anderson tells us; it is also defined from the outside by the non-citizen and from the inside by the "failed citizen," such as the criminal, the teenage mother, and the so-called benefit scrounger--in short, anyone deemed to be a burden to society. By juxtaposing good citizens, failed citizens, and non-citizens, Professor Anderson brings into relief the boundaries of community and the roles its various members play in maintaining and challenging them.
Read more about Professor Anderson's thoughts on mobility, migration, and citizenship and her October 6, 2016 keynote address at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in Good Times.
Rethinking Migration Conference Video
- Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California, presented "Serial Labor Migration: Exclusion and Domestic Worker Patterns of Temporary Labor Migration," the opening keynote at the conference, Rethinking Migration, at the Merrill Cultural Center at UC Santa Cruz on May 6, 2016. Catherine Ramírez, CLRC director and Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz, greeted attendees and introduced Professor Parreñas. Rethinking Migration culminated Borders and Belonging, a series of events on human migration that the CLRC mounted in the spring of 2016, and helped lead up to Non-citizenship, our 2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar.
- In this first panel on May 6, 2016, Shannon Gleeson of Cornell University and Marcel Paret of the University of Utah co-presented "Precarity and Agency through a Migration Lens." Sarah Swider of Wayne State University shared her paper "Employment Configurations: A Spatial Analysis of Precarious Labor." And Steve McKay from UC Santa Cruz presented "Agents of Precarity: Intermediaries, Institutions and the Vulnerable Lives of Migrant Workers." Veronica Terriquez, Associate Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz, moderated.
- In this second panel, Lisa Marie Cacho of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, presented "De Facto Status Crime: Legitimizing Violence, Legalizing Discrimination." Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz, presented "Remote Identification: Criminalizing the 'Hidden Intent' of Migrant Embodiment." And Susan. B. Coutin from UC Irvine presented on "Deferral," a key and emerging term in the study of migration. Professor Gabriela Arredondo of Latin American and Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz moderated.
- In this third panel, Leisy Abrego from UCLA presented "Central American Women and Girls: A Gendered View of Forced Migration." Rachel Lewis from George Mason University shared her paper "Precarious Temporality: Neoliberalism, Sexual Citizenship, and the Global Deportation Regime." Daniel Kanstroom from Boston College Law School wrapped up the evening with "The Forgotten Deported: Towards Better Understanding and a Declaration of Rights." Professor Pat Zavella of Latin American and Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz moderated.
- On the second day of the conference, May 7, 2016, Alicia Schmidt Camacho, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University, delivered the opening keynote, "Defending Migrancy: In/against the Violent Orders of State Sovereignty and Transnational Capitalism," at the Merrill Cultural Center. The Chicano Latino Research Center's director, Catherine Ramírez, welcomed attendees back, summarized the previous day's proceedings, and introduced Professor Camacho.