Digital Dialogue Three | Migrant Rights Within Empire, Art Activism and Democracy

Nov 18, 2020, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

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DIALOGUE THREE | November 18, 4:30-6 p.m. on Zoom
Migrant Rights Within Empire, Art Activism and Democracy

The Society of Fellows Digital Dialogues series brings together artists, scholars and activists working in a range of disciplines aligning with our current theme of Human Rights: Pasts and Futures. Areas of expertise include studies in art, performance and activism; critical human rights; disability; incarceration; Indigeneity; environmental justice; intersectional rhetorics; migrant and refugee rights; race and citizenship; and sexuality, among others.

In a recent USA Today opinion piece entitled “Trump’s Coronavirus Order Scapegoats Immigrants and Doesn’t Make Us Safer,” the authors decry the President’s order as nativist political theater rather than a good faith measure to reduce contagion. As south-to-north migrants disproportionately work in the industries that feed the country, this panel considers how the pandemic has engendered new conversations about “essential” workers and rights violations. More broadly, panelists will consider how scholars, activists and artists employ or challenge human rights frameworks in countering cultures of empire, authoritarianism and neoliberal structures of oppression in the advancement of democracy and social justice.


  • Víctor M. Espinosa (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Ohio State-Newark)

  • Paloma Martinez-Cruz (Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Ohio State)

  • Cristian Pineda (Multidisciplinary Visual Artist, Mérida, Yucatán

  • Inés Valdez (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Ohio State)


  • Guisela Latorre (Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State)