Cornell University

CIAMS Lecture Series: Jason De León

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 4:30pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, G22
232 East Ave, Central Campus

"Soldiers and Kings: Photoethnographic Practice in the Context of Human Smuggling Across Mexico"

Since 2015 I have been involved in an analog photoethnographic project focused on documenting the lives of Honduran smugglers who profit from transporting undocumented migrants across Mexico. In this talk I discuss the complicated relationship between transnational gangs and human smuggling and my approach to using photography in this violent and ethically challenging ethnographic context.

Prof. Jason De León (U. of Michigan - Ann Arbor)'s research interests include theories of violence, materiality, death and mourning, Latin American migration, crime and forensic analyses, and archaeology of the contemporary. He is the director of the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a long-term study of clandestine border crossing that uses a combination of ethnographic, archaeological, and forensic approaches to understand this phenomenon in a variety of geographic contexts including the Sonoran Desert of Southern Arizona, Northern Mexican border towns, and the southern Mexico/Guatemala border. 

A reception will follow.


Event Type



Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS), Latino Studies Program, Diversity, Anthropology



Contact E-Mail

Contact Name

Eilis Monahan


Jason De León

Speaker Affiliation

University of Michigan

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