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

Date & Time

October 18, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Contact Information

Tanja Hrast


California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)

Event Type

Cotsen Public Lecture

Event Details

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.


Soldiers and Kings

Jason De León

Associate Professor of Anthropology,
University of Michigan

Director, Undocumented Migration Project


California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
5:00 p.m.
Reception to follow

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This Public Lecture is co-sponsored by:
Professor and Director Willeke Wendrich, UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
The Mellon Foundation’s Urban Humanities Initiative at UCLA
Professor and Chair Jason Throop, UCLA Department of Anthropology
Professor Richard Lesure, Marilyn Beaudry-Corbett Endowed Chair in Mesoamerican Archaeology