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Soldiers and Kings: Violence, Representation, and Photoethnographic Practice in the Context of Human Smuggling Across Mexico

Jason De León
Jason De Leon Talk: Soldiers and Kings on 5/10/18 from 6-8 PM in 101 Thompson Hall
Jason De Leon Event: Soldiers and Kings
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thomson Hall, Room 101


Since 2015, Jason De León has been involved in an analog photoethnographic project
focused on documenting the daily lives of Honduran smugglers who profit from
transporting undocumented migrants across Mexico. In this talk he will discuss the
relationship between transnational gangs and the human smuggling industry and
outline the complicated role that photography plays as a field method and data source
in this violent and ethically challenging ethnographic context.

Jason De León is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of
Anthropology at the University of Michigan and Director of the Undocumented
Migration Project. His book, The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on
the Migrant Trail, was published by the University of California Press in 2015.
Information on his work can be found at:

Event co-sponsored by: American Ethnic Studies; Anthropology; Comparative History of Ideas; Geography; Jackson School of International Studies.