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Lecture | Adriaan Gerbrands Lecture

Adriaan Gerbrands Lecture: Soldiers and Kings

Thursday 3 November 2022
Adriaan Gerbrands Lectures
Museum Volkenkunde
Steenstraat 1
Grote Zaal, Museum Volkenkunde

The 11th Adriaan Gerbrands Lecture will be delivered by Professor Jason De León as part of the TAKING CARE conference.

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Soldiers and Kings: Inside the World of Human Smuggling

In 2014, Mexico launched Programa Frontera Sur, a security enforcement project aimed at preventing Central American migrants from reaching the US/Mexico border with financial and logistical support from the Obama administration. Mexico dramatically increased arrests and deportations under this programme, while also making the migration journey more difficult and deadly. Migrants have turned to transnational gangs such as MS-13, which have become increasingly involved in the human smuggling industry, in response to the increased security.

In this talk, Jason De León will use ethnographic data to discuss the relationship between transnational gangs and the human smuggling industry, as well as the complicated role that photography plays as a field method and data source in this violent and ethically difficult context.

15:30 Welcome and Introduction by Mark Westmoreland
15:40 "Soldiers and Kings" by Jason De León
16:40 Conversation and Q&A with Jason De León and Miriam Ticktin
17:30 Reception
18:30 End Programme

More information about the speakers and the event can be found on the eventpage 'Soldiers and Kings' of the The Research Center for Material Culture (RCMC) website. 

Adriaan Gerbrands Lectures

The Adriaan Gerbrands lecture is an annual public lecture by a laureate chosen for his or her contribution to the broad international field of the study of visual and material culture.

Read more about the Adriaan Gerbrands Lectures.

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