Oregon Migrations Symposium

University of Oregon

2014-15 Events


PRIEC brought together faculty and graduate students to showcase work-in-progress on racial/ethnic politics and the politics of immigration. Sponsored by the UO Department of Political Science with the the support of the Wayne Morse Center Migration Project and Academic Affairs.


December 3, 2014, 2-8 p.m.

Symposium cosponsored by the Center for Equity Promotion and the College of Education.

2012-13 Speaker Series: “The Borders Within: Immigrants, Race, and the Politics of Surveillance and Enforcement in the United States”

This series of three symposia in spring 2013 addressed the American dilemma of unauthorized immigration. The Borders Within was sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center’s Migration Project, the Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace, The Americas in a Globalized World Initiative, the Global Oregon Initiative, and Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.



Thursday, March 7, 2013
Knight Library Browsing Room

2-3:30 p.m.—Roundtable featuring Lynn Fujiwara, University of Oregon; David Manuel Hernández, Mount Holyoke College; and Stephen Manning, Immigrant Law Group PC.

4-5:30 p.m.—Keynote address, “Mass Deportation and Global Capitalism” by Tanya Golash-Boza, University of California, Merced,

Starting in the mid-1990s and accelerating after 9/11, the United States expanded the legal scope and geography of immigrant detention and deportation, affecting both undocumented and documented immigrants. In this symposium, we will explore the legal and political history of detention policy over the last fifteen-plus years and its relationship to human rights law and principles. We will also consider how detention policies and practices have shaped immigrant experiences, family life and communities.

Monday, April 8
Knight Library Browsing Room

2-3:30 p.m.—Roundtable featuring Lauretta Frederking, University of Portland; Margaret Hu, Duke University; and Kayse Jama, Center for Intercultural Organizing.

4-5:30 p.m.—Keynote address, “Fracturing Our ‘More Perfect Union’: Post-9/11 Discriminatory Profiling and Surveillance,” featuring Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s National Security Project.

In this event, we explore how immigration politics and the lives of newcomers are transformed in perilous times of war and emergency, with a focus on how security priorities after 9/11 recast the national immigration debate and policy-making process. Equally important, we seek to understand how official programs of surveillance and profiling—funded and advanced by both the Bush and Obama administrations—shape the experiences of Muslim and Arab Americans.


Friday, May 3, 2 p.m.
Giustina Ballroom, Ford Alumni Center

2-3:30 p.m.—Roundtable featuring Karthick Ramakrishnan, University of California Riverside, and Larry Kleinman, PCUN Oregon’s Farmworker Union, and Maru Villalpando, Latino Advocacy, LLC .

4-5:30 p.m.—Keynote address, “Diffuse Militarism: The Politics and Practice of Detention and Deportation after 9/11,” by Mat Coleman, Ohio State University.

In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, the anti-immigrant backlash has taken root in a range of local and state efforts to enforce national boundaries/borders. We will examine emerging geographies of policing immigrant and “ethnic” lives in the contemporary United States, exploring how these processes are shaped by race, class and broader geopolitical narratives, as well as how these policing efforts are shaping immigrant experiences.