“Soldiers and Kings: Violence, Representation, and Photoethnographic Practice in the Context of Human Smuggling Across Mexico” 30 Mar 2018

Since 2015 I have 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 I 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 Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan and the Director of the Undocumented Migration Project, a long-term anthropological endeavor that uses a combination of ethnography, visual anthropology, archaeology, and forensic science to understand the violent social process of clandestine migration.


Location Information

Location: 4130 WWPH