Summer 2015: Art, Migration, & Human Rights

San Cristóbal de las Casas, México

July 26–August 15, 2015

Course taught by Diana Taylor & Marcial Godoy-Anativia
Workshop taught by Jesusa Rodríguez

New Application Deadline: April 12, 2015

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Photo/Foto: Moysés Zúñiga Santiago

The crisis surrounding migration in the Americas has reached epic proportions. This course, "Art, Migration, & Human Rights," will explore the violence resulting from dictatorships, neoliberalism, and the trafficking of drugs and humans, which has led to an increase both in migration and in the violence that migration itself produces. Taking place in Chiapas, Mexico, the course will introduce participants to the various groups that intervene in the crisis: the Zapatistas, journalists, photographers, filmmakers, human rights activists, scholars, artists, and others who try to bring international attention to the situation and help mitigate the violence. In addition to interacting with local artists and activists, the course will examine current scholarship that explores the history, politics, and potential outcomes of the current situation. Jesusa Rodríguez will lead an intensive performance-activist workshop as part of the course, which will culminate in a collective project that brings together scholarship, art, and activism on these urgent topics.

We invite students from all member institutions of the Hemispheric Institute to apply. NYU students may take the course for 4 points of graduate credit through the Department of Performance Studies, and students from other institutions can take the course for credit as an independent study in their home universities. Students from non-member institutions will be considered for admission, though priority will be given to graduate students from member institutions.

NOTE: The course requires fluency in English. Knowledge of Spanish is a plus. Students are encouraged to bring laptops and digital cameras to use for their projects.

Lab fee*

A lab fee will apply to all—$1300* USD for students in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and $400* USD for those in Latin America. The estimated cost for shared accomodations is $600-700 USD. All local course expenses (performances, lectures, travel to local sites, etc.), are covered by the lab fee. 

Application Deadline

April 12, 2015

Application Guidelines 

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