The Fluidity of Status: A Seminar with Tanya Golash-Boza & Rhacel Parreñas, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 12:00-2:00pm, Humanities 1, Rm 210

In this seminar, leading migration scholars Tanya Golash-Boza (UC Merced) and Rhacel Parreñas (University of Southern California) help us wrap up our 2016-17 Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar on non-citizenship with a timely conversation on deportation, incarceration, gender, human trafficking, labor migration, and global apartheid.

December 20, 2016

By , Director, Chicano Latino Research Center 

La memoria archivida.  Photo by Alma del Pueblo.

Focusing on gender, deportation, and labor, the third and final session of Non-citizenship, UC Santa Cruz's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture, approaches citizenship, denizenship, and mobility as fluid statuses—as formal (in other words, documented) positions that are in flux and as practices of belonging that morph as people of various statuses interact with each other.        

Please join us for this free, public seminar with Tanya Golash-Boza, Professor of Sociology at UC Merced, and Rhacel Parreñas, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. Juan Pobete, Professor of Literature at UC Santa Cruz, will facilitate the discussion.  To reserve your lunch and to access the pre-circulated readings, please register here:

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Following the seminar, Professors Golash-Boza and Parreñas will take part in The Fluidity of Status: Non-citizenship, Deportation, and Indentured Mobility, a public conversation at the Museum of Art & History at 705 Front Street in downtown Santa Cruz.  

tanya headshotTanya Golash-Boza is the author of five books, including Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism (New York University Press, 2015), which explains mass deportation in the context of the global economic crisis; Due Process Denied (Routledge, 2012), which describes how and why non-citizens in the United States have been detained and deported for minor crimes, without regard for constitutional limits on disproportionate punishment; and Immigration Nation (Paradigm, 2012), which provides a critical analysis of the impact that US immigration policy has on human rights.  In addition, she has published over a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals on deportations, racial identity, and human rights and has written on contemporary issues for Al Jazeera, The Boston ReviewThe NationCounterpunchThe Houston ChronicleRacialiciousThe Chronicle of Higher Education, and Dissident Voice.

rhacel headshotRhacel Parreñas' book, Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo (Stanford University Press, 2011), won the Distinguished Book Award in the Labor and Labor Movements Section of the American Sociological Association. Probing the intersections of human trafficking and labor migration, her current research analyzes the constitution of unfree labor among migrant domestic workers in Dubai and Singapore. Her other books include Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Migration and Forced Labor (Open Society Institute, 2014), The Force of Domesticity: Filipina Migrants and Globalization (New York University Press, 2008), and Servants of Globalization: Migration and Domestic Work (second edition, Stanford University Press, 2015). Her current research focuses on the unfree labor of migrant contract workers in Asia and the Middle East.

Juan Poblete HeadshotJuan Poblete is Professor of Literature and Co-principal Investigator of Non-citizenship, UC Santa Cruz's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar. His broad and myriad research interests include nineteenth-century Latin American literature, nation and nationalism, and popular culture in the Americas. His most recent publications include Sports and Nationalism in Latin America (with Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste and Robert McKee-Irwin, Palgrave, 2015) and Humor in Latin American Cinema (with Juana Suárez, Palgrave, 2016).


This seminar is co-sponsored by the Chicano Latino Research Center and Institute for Humanities Research, with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.