Public Film Screening: María en tierra de nadie / María in No Man’s Land (April 28, 2016)

The Chicano Latino Research Center (CLRC) and the Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Department welcome the campus and community to a free, public screening of Marcela Zamora's powerful 2010 documentary about Salvadoran women migrants and their journeys north. This free, public event, part of Alumni Weekend and a series on migration taking place in the spring of 2016, helps kick off the LALS Department's fifteenth anniversary celebration.

UCSC’s Chicano Latino Research Center and Latin American and Latino Studies Department present a free, public screening of María en tierra de nadie / María in No Man’s Land (2010, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala), a documentary about women migrants and their dangerous journey from Central America to Mexico and the United States, on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 7:00pm at the Rio Theatre (1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz). Professors John J. Leaños (Film and Digital Media) and Cecilia Rivas (Latin American and Latino Studies) will moderate a Q&A with the director, Marcela Zamora, immediately following the screening.  In addition to fostering a conversation about migration and mobility, this event will kick off the Latin American and Latino Studies Department’s quinceañera (15th anniversary).

Please note that María en tierra de nadie grapples with the violence of migration and violence against women and may not be appropriate for children.

This event is free and public, but attendees are asked to register here.

Marcela Zamora is a documentary filmmaker and journalist.  She has made 14 films about gender and human rights, including María en tierra de nadie and El cuarto de los huesos / The Room of Bones (2015), a documentary about the quest to unearth and identify the disappeared in El Salvador.  She studied journalism in Costa Rica and documentary filmmaking in Cuba and has worked for Al Jazeera, TeleSUR, and, Latin America's first online newspaper.

This free, public event is part of Borders and Belonging:  A Series of Events on Human Migration and enjoys the support of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation, Chicano Latino Research Center, University Relations, and Department of Latin American and Latino Studies.

Portrait of Marcela Zamora

Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Marcela Zamora

April 28, 2016, 7:00-9:00 pm

Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave. Santa Cruz (Directions)

The Jungle and the Beast: Photo Journal and Discussion (April 29, 2016)

Migration is both a process and state. Some migrants move: they fly, cling to moving trains, scale walls, and cross rivers and oceans. Others get stuck--for example, in refugee camps, border cities, or the state's red tape. In The Beast (Los migrantes que no importan, in the original Spanish), intrepid Salvadoran journalist Óscar Martínez accompanies migrants on "the Beast," the train that travels from Central America through Mexico to the United States. Meanwhile, UCSC Professor Emeritus Lewis Watts has captured some of the stasis of migration in his photos of “the Jungle,” the refugee camp near Calais, France.  Mr. Martínez discusses the migrant trail and Professor Watts shares some of the photos he took in and around Calais in the fall of 2015 at this free, public event.  Professor Jennifer González (History of Art and Visual Culture) moderates their conversation.

This event is free and public, but attendees are asked to register here.

Óscar Martínez is the author of Los migrantes que no importan:  En el camino con los centroamericanos indocumentados en México (Icaria/El Faro, 2010), which was translated by Daniela Maria Ugaz and John Washington as The Beast:  Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail (Verso, 2013).  The New York Times has described Mr. Martínez's writing as "graceful" and "incisive."  His second book, A History of Violence, is forthcoming from Verso in 2016.  Based in El Salvador, he writes for, Latin America's first online newspaper.

Lewis Watts joined the Art Department at UC Santa Cruz in 2001 after having taught at UC Berkeley for 23 years.  He is a photographer of cultural and urban landscapes, with a focus on the African diaspora.  He has photographed African and Afro-descent communities in the United States, Latin America, and Europe and is the co-author (with Elizabeth Pepin) of Harlem of the West:  The San Francisco Jazz Fillmore Era (Chronicle Books, 2005) and (with Eric Porter) New Orleans Suite:  Music and Culture in Transition (University of California, 2013).

This free, public event is part of Alumni Weekend and Borders and Belonging: A Series of Events on Human Migration.  The CLRC is proud to cosponsor it with University Relations, the Latin American and Latino Studies Department, and the Division of Social Sciences, with generous support from the UC Santa Cruz Foundation.

A Conversation with Lewis Watts and Óscar Martínez

April 29, 2016, 10:00am-12:00 PM

Merrill Cultural Center,
UC Santa Cruz (Directions)

Year-long UC Santa Cruz Seminar to Examine Global Migration and Non-citizenship

The phenomena of global migration, disenfranchisement, and hardships of living in territories while not holding traditional citizenship will be examined in a year-long seminar conceived by five UC Santa Cruz professors and funded with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“The movement of people is one of the most pressing issues of our time,” the five professors outline in their proposal. The seminar is titled “Non-citizenship” and is planned by Catherine Ramírez, Latin American and Latino studies; Juan Poblete, literature; Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, feminist studies; Sylvanna Falcón, Latin American and Latino studies; and Steve McKay, sociology.

Open to the campus and community, the seminar “intends to foster a dialogue about belonging and rights, to shed light on the historical development of the category of the noncitizen, and to produce knowledge for a world being remade by human mobility.” The seminar will launch May 6-7, 2016 with “Keywords in Migration Studies,” an international conference at UC Santa Cruz.

The proposal won a $175,000 grant under the Mellon Foundation’s John E. Sawyer Seminars on the Comparative Studies of Cultures. Named for the foundation's third president, Sawyer Seminars were established in 1994 to provide support for comparative research on the historical and cultural sources of contemporary developments. The award is one of 11 Sawyer Seminars funded this year and is a first for UC Santa Cruz.

Migration is a global issue not limited to cross-border travel in North and Central America. Witness Africans migrating to Europe, Iraqis and Syrians moving to Lebanon and Turkey, Haitians in the Dominican Republic.

The seminar will look at what modern citizenship means “in a world of citizens and non-citizens, such as undocumented immigrants, guest workers, permanent residents, refugees, asylum seekers, and those who are stateless.”

Among its questions: “What happens when non-citizens are prohibited from becoming citizens? And what are the rights and obligations of denizens, citizen and non-citizen alike?”

The term “denizen” is used to describe an inhabitant who is not a formal citizen but not an “illegal” immigrant either. Often, denizens are barred from becoming citizens, Ramírez said.  Free and enslaved blacks were denizens before the 14th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1868.

Today’s denizens include foreign workers holding H-1B visas in Silicon Valley; Somalis, Salvadorans, and Liberians who are unable to return to their homelands because of armed conflict, environmental disaster, or life-threatening pandemic. They also include undocumented youth who arrived in the U.S. younger than age 16 and who are temporarily exempt from deportation under the auspices of the 2012 executive action Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Ramírez said the seminar seeks to bring together scholars and cultural workers from a variety of disciplines and fields to imagine fresh ways of thinking about the growing global issue of non-citizenship in the 21stcentury.

Catherine Ramírez portrait by Melissa De Witte

Catherine Ramírez, associate professor of Latin American and Latino studies, is one of five UC Santa Cruz professors whose proposal for a year-long seminar exploring migration and citizenship, has been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. (Photo by Melissa De Witte)