1) "Signs of Violence: Messaging, Media and Politics in Mexico's 'Drug War'"
Paul K. Eiss, Associate Professor of Anthropology and History Director,
Center for the Arts in Society
In this talk, I explore some of the linkages between violence, political
representation, and the new media in contemporary Mexico. I will consider
the implications of a variety of new medial forms that have arisen in
connection with drug- and drug-war related violence, which I term the
"narcomedia." Debates over the narcomedia, and diverse attempts to control
or censor them, quickly move from discussion of the drug traffickers or of
the "war" against them to complicated discussions of the far-reaching
implications of globalization in contemporary Mexico: of the beleaguered
sovereignties of state and people; of rights and the rule of law; and of the
tenuous claims of history and nation in the conflict's wake.
Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 4:30pm
2) The second installment of the "trilogy" will be screenings of "El
Sicario: Room 164," as part of CMU's International Film Festival ("Faces of
Others"). El Sicario: Room 164 will be screened on opening night of the
festival, Thursday, Mar. 22 at 7:15, at the Melwood Screening Room
(477 Melwood Ave.). There will be an additional special screening of El
Sicario on Sat. Mar. 31 at 7:30 in McConomy Auditorium, with a post
screening discussion moderated by Paul Eiss.
3) The concluding event of the "trilogy" (Apr. 9, Porter Hall 100,
4:30-5:50 PM) will be a talk by Cipriana Jurado Herrera, a human rights
activist from Ciudad Juárez who recently received political refugee status
in the United States due to her persecution by Mexican military and security
forces. Jurado Herrera is the first activist to receive such status from
the United States in the context of the current "drug war."
This event is cosponsored by the Global Studies program.