Rethinking Migration Conference: Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, 2016, 8:30am, Merrill Cultural Center

Part of Borders and Belonging: A Series of Events on Human Migration and leading up to our 2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Saywer Seminar on non-citizenship, this free, public two-day conference brings together scholars in the humanities and social sciences to expand the discourse on migration by analyzing key, emerging, and enduring terms in migration studies. It features keynote addresses, panel presentations, and workshops in which UCSC faculty and students share works-in-progress.

October 25, 2015

By , CLRC Director & Associate Professor LALS 

Lining up to be fed, refugee camp outside Calais, France, September 2015.  Photo by Lewis Watts.  © Lewis Watts, 2015
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Video: View recordings of the keynote addresses and panels by visiting our youtube site or resources page

When:  Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, 2016, starting at 8:30am  

Where:  Merrill Cultural Center, Merrill College, University of California, Santa Cruz

This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that attendees please PLEASE REGISTER HERE.


Guest Speakers

  • Leisy Abrego, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Lisa Marie Cacho, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
  • Alicia Schmidt Camacho, Yale University
  • Susan Bibler Coutin, University of California, Irvine
  • Shannon Gleeson, Cornell University
  • Daniel Kanstroom, Boston College Law School
  • Rachel Lewis, George Mason University
  • Marcel Paret, University of Utah/University of Johannesburg
  • Rhacel Parreñas, University of Southern California/Institute for Advanced Study
  • Sarah Swider, Wayne State University


UCSC Participants

  • Gabriela Arredondo, Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Angie Bonilla, Literature
  • Ruben Espinoza, Sociology
  • Adrián Félix, Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Literature
  • Steve McKay, Sociology
  • Emily Mitchell-Eaton, Chicano Latino Research Center
  • Juan Poblete, Literature
  • Catherine Ramírez, Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Cecilia Rivas, Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, Feminist Studies
  • Veronica Terriquez, Sociology
  • Pat Zavella, Latin American & Latino Studies


Click here for the full conference program.  Click here for the event poster.

Parking at UC Santa Cruz
There will be signs on campus for Rethinking Migration.  Please follow them to Merrill College.  You may also consult this campus map.  Please park in the Merrill College parking lot.  On Friday, May 6, there will be parking attendants in the Merrill parking lot 8:00-10:00am selling day parking passes for about $7.  If you arrive after 10:00am, you must purchase your parking permit at the kiosk at the base of campus (at the corner of Bay and High Streets).  Parking is free and a permit is not required in the Merrill parking lot on Saturday.

Consult this map of Merrill College to make your way on foot to the Merrill Cultural Center, which is near Vivas, a relatively new taqueria that doesn’t appear on the map.


This free, public event is part of Borders and Belonging:  A Series of Events on Human Migration.  The CLRC is proud to cosponsor it with the Latin American and Latino Studies Department, Institute for Humanities Research, and Division of Social Sciences, with generous support from the Dean's Fund.