Wednesday, March 12, 2008


The conference was a great success and I'll be posting more info and photos on it soon. In the meantime the conference committee would like to thank and acknowledge the following groups and individuals for their support and help.


Thank you to William Runk, Yolanda Escamilla, Theresa Aitchison and Jackie Griffin, for sharing their knowledge, expertise and time, and for keeping the Ethnic Studies department running!

To K. Wayne Yang, Pat Washington, Yen Le Espiritu, Susan Gordon and Lisa Sun-Hee Park, thank you for encouraging your classes to participate!

Thank you to the following individuals for their generous support:
Kim Barrett, Dean of Graduate Studies
Beckie Callahan, VP of Finance, Graduate Student Association
Wayne Cornelius, Director for the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies
Paul W. Drake, Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
Jeff Elman, Dean of the Division of Social Science
Heath Fox, Assistant Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities
Ruth Padron, Program Coordinator for Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies
David Pellow, Director for the California Cultures in Comparative Perspective
Thea Tagle, OGS Community Intern
Gershon Shafir, Director, Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies
Eric Van Young, Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities

Many thanks also, for their strong interest and support, to:
Rosemary Marangoly George and Lisa Lampert, Department of Literature
Gary Fields, Department of Communication
David Gutierrez, Department of History
Roberto Tejada, Department of Visual Arts

Thank you to the following student organizations for their support:
Shae Lynn Zastrow from the Native American Student Alliance
The Ethnic Studies Collective

To Drew Hendricks and Scott Mosher of Hi-Rez Digital, and Jack Lujan Bevacqua of Pump Fake Nation – thanks for your awesome artwork!

Thank you to Angela Morrill, Madel Ngiraingas and Michael Lujan Bevacqua for sowing the seeds of this conference through their Voicing Indigeneity podcast.

To all our invited guests, presenters, and participants – thank you for making this possible!

Last but definitely not the least, thank you to the graduate students in Ethnic Studies and our fantastic faculty: Pal Ahluwalia, Roberto Alvarez, Yen Le Espiritu, K. Wayne Yang, Ana Celia Zentella. Thank you especially to Lisa Sun-Hee Park, Ross Frank, Denise Ferreira da Silva and David Pellow for their tireless support and guidance.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Conference Registration

Please click here for online registration form.

Registration closes February 29, 2008. We look forward to seeing you in March!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, March 5

3.00 – 4.30 PM
Plenary 1: UCSD Ethnic Studies Colloquium: Meet some of our newest Faculty Deutz Room, CILAS*
- K. Wayne Yang
- Roshanak Kheshti

5.00 – 6.30 PM
Plenary 2: Global Histories/Local Designs: Contemplating San Diego as a Glocal City Deutz Room, CILAS
Moderator: Ross Frank
- Louis Guassac, Kumeyaay Border Task Force
- Andrea Guerrero, San Diego ACLU
- Mshinda Nyofu, UJIMA Institute for Civic Responsibility
- TBA, Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation Committee

6.45 – 8.00 PM Reception and Undergraduate Film Screenings Deutz Room, CILAS
Moderator: K. Wayne Yang
- Joseph Ramirez, “Untitled"
- Lawrence Mojado, "Native America”
- Matthew Reiderer, "From your pen I sprang"
- Chris Marino, "Qui estamos y no nos vamos"
- Yusria Malik, "Care"
- Terri Phan, “Human Trafficking of Women & Children"

Thursday, March 6

8.30 AM Breakfast SSB** 103

9.00 – 10.30 AM
Panel A: A Critique of Colonial and Postcolonial Reason
IR/PS*** 1328
Respondent: Long Bui, 3rd year, Ethnic Studies
- Post-colonial mindscapes and shifting burdens – whose frame is it anyway?
Garga Chatterjee, Harvard University and Somnath Mukherji, Association for India’s Development
- Demystifying the Post(colonial): An Examination of Myth as Meeting Point Between Ethnic, Indigenous, Postcolonial and Gender Studies
Amina Ben Ezzeddine, Washington State University
- Nativism: A Strategic History of Western Colonial Discourse
Sean Corbin, University of California, Riverside

Panel B: The Possibilities for Sovereignty and Resistance Against US Colonialism in the Asia-Pacific Region IR/PS 1428
Respondent: Cathleen Kozen, 3rd year, Ethnic Studies
- Transnational Feminism, Competing Domesticities: Circuits of Ethnicity, Indigeneity and (Post)coloniality
Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez, University of Hawai`i at Manoa
- Bridges are Made with Many Footsteps: Re-imagining Filipino Identity as Resistance to a Militarized Present
Ellen-Rae Cachola, California Institute of Integral Studies
- O La Ata: Shadows, Reflections, and Images
Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Independent Artist
- Spectacles of Citizenship: Native Hawaiian representations and rights
Maile Arvin, University of California, San Diego

10.45 AM – 12.15 PM
Plenary 3: Intersections I: A Conversation with UCSD Faculty SSB 107
Moderator: Rosemary Marangoly George
- Ross Frank, Ethnic Studies
- Rosemary Marangoly George, Literature
- Roberto Tejada, Visual Arts

12.15 – 1.15 PM Lunch Fireside Lounge

1.30 – 3.15 PM
Panel A: The Ghost of Guam in the Machinery of American Sovereignty IR/PS 1428
Respondent: Michael Lujan Bevacqua, 4th year, Ethnic Studies
- Antoinette Chafauros, Ursuline College
- Michael Perez, California State University Fullerton
- Michael Leon Guerrero, Grassroots Global Justice
- Michael Lujan Bevacqua, University of California, San Diego

Panel B: Immigrant and Indigenous Subjectivities in the Borderlands SSB 103
Respondent: Stevie Ruiz, 1st year, Ethnic Studies
- Strategic Reflections on Indigenous and Migrant Alliances Against Borders
Nandita Sharma, University of Hawai’i Manoa and Cynthia Wright, York University
- Sovereignty, border control and citizenship: Intersections of immigrant and indigenous rights talks in the United States
Monisha Das Gupta, University of Hawai’i, Manoa
- Peripheral Migration: Potentialities of Border Subject to Become Decolonial Subject
Keina Espiñeira Gonzålez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
- Identity Formation in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones and Helen Oyeyemi’s The Icarus Girl: A Comparative Look at Two Contemporary African and Caribbean Novels
Chinenye Okparanta, University of Maryland

3.30 – 5.00 PM
Panel A: Futures Imperfect: Indigenous Interrogations of the Postcolonial IR/PS 3202
Respondent: Tomoko Tsuchiya, 3rd year, Ethnic Studies
- Indigenous Interrogations of the ‘Postcolonial’ in Mahasweta Devi’s “Imaginary Maps and After Kurukshetra"
Arumina Paul, University of Southern California
- Postcolonial Futures and the Pre-Modern Past in “Pterodactyl, Puran Sahay, and Pirtha”
Joanne Lipson, University of Michigan
- Encountering My (Colonized/Colonizer) Self: Reconciling Conflicting Subjectivities
Beenash Jafri, York University
- ‘See’ing the city as a contested landscape through the lens of Indigenous histories
Julia Nagam, York University

Panel B: Intersections II: A Conversation with UCSD Graduates SSB 103
Moderator: José Fusté, 5th year, Ethnic Studies
Provincializing Literature

- Neel Ahuja, Literature
Criminalization, Race and Citizenship in the Processo Mohoza, Bolivia, 1899-1905
- Nancy Egan, History
Beyond the Quandary of Nation/Post-nation: What Latin Caribbean Subaltern Thinkers Can Teach Us
- José Fusté, Ethnic Studies
Pollyanna in Ethnic Studies
- Angela Morrill, Ethnic Studies
The Coloniality of Cream Cheese: True Confessions of an (Almost) Grad School Drop Out
- Traci Voyles, Ethnic Studies

5.15– 7.00 PM
Plenary 4: Beyond the Fourth World Wall: The Global Practicing of Indigeneity
Hojel Hall of the Americas
Denise Ferreira da Silva
Angana Chatterji, California Institute of Integral Studies Americas
Denise Ferreira
da Silva, University of California, San Diego
Vince Diaz, University of Michigan
Robert Perez, University of California, Riverside

7.00 – 9.00 PM Open Mic and Dinner Women's Center

Friday, March 7

8. 30 AM Breakfast SSB 107

9.00 – 10.30 AM
Panel A: (Un)Exceptional States SSB 107
Respondent: Kit Myers, 2nd year, Ethnic Studies
- Palestinian Predicaments: Jewish Immigration and Refugees Repatriation
Areej Sabbagh-Khoury, Tel-Aviv University
- Silenced Conversations: American-Israeli Exceptional Relation and What It Means for Arabs and Arab Americans
Magid Shihade, University of California, Davis
- Reconceptualizing the Refugee Figure Through the Intersection of Statelessness and Indigeneity
Ma Vang, University of California, San Diego
- (Many) Nations Within: Sovereignty and Nativism in the Rural U.S.
Rachel Ida Buff, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Panel B: Spaces of Resistance: Critical Responses to Contemporary (Post-)colonialism SSB 103
Respondent: Tere Ceseña, 7th year, Ethnic Studies
- The Amasizghs mainly known as “Berbers” The Education Policy of North Africa: The Case of Morocco, Algeria
Ed Larchgar, Tamaynut Morocco
- Comparative Maya, Nahautl and Latino Studies
Gabriel S. Estrada, Cal State Long Beach
- (Red)efining Boundaries: Representations of Contemporary Native Lives and Identities at the National Museum of the American Indian
Tere Cesena, University of California, San Diego

10.45 AM– 12.30 PM
Plenary 5: The Audacity of Hope: Contemplating the Futures of Stateless and Refugee Peoples Hojel Hall of the Americas
Moderator: Lisa Sun-Hee Park
- Jesse Mills, University of San Diego
- Renya Ramirez, University of California, Santa Cruz
- Chandan Reddy, University of Washington

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch Hojel Hall of the Americas

* CILAS – Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies/Institute of the Americas
** SSB – Social Sciences Building
***IR/PS - International Relations/Pacific Studies

Local Hotel Information

Sheraton La Jolla
(official conference hotel)
3299 Holiday Court
La Jolla, CA 92037
Tel: (866) 500-0335 (UCSD line)
Fax: (858) 453-5550
3 minutes or 0.77 miles
Special contract UCSD rate: $159/night
*Please ask for UCSD Ethnic Studies conference rate, limited spaces available

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA92122
Tel: (858) 552-1234
Fax: (858) 552-6066
3 minutes or 1.17 miles
UCSD rate: $199-284/night
Special rate not always available.

Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa
9700 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037
Tel: (858) 550-1000
Fax: (858) 550-1001
3 minutes or 1.53 miles
UCSD rate: $180-210/night

Marriott Residence Inn La Jolla
8901 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
Reservations: (800)-876-1778
Tel: (858) 587-1770
Fax: (858) 552-0387
4 minutes or 0.93 miles
UCSD rate: $149-219/night

San Diego Marriott La Jolla
4240 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, California 92037 USA
Phone: 1-858-587-1414
Fax: 1-858-546-8518
5 minutes or 1.90 miles
UCSD rate: $162.00/night
Special rate not always available.

Hotel La Jolla At the Shores
7955 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Reservations: 1-800-666-0261
5 minutes or 2.57 miles
UCSD rate: $139-159/night

Hilton in La Jolla
10950 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-558-1500��
Fax: 858-450-4584
5 minutes or 2.86 miles
UCSD rate: $208/night
Special rate not always available.

Holiday Inn Express in Mission Bay
4610 De Soto St
San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: 858-483-9800
Fax: 858-483-4010
9 minutes or 5.70 miles
Regular rate: $106-110/night

Hampton Inn in Del Mar
11920 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
Phone: 858-792-5557
Fax: 858-792-7263
9 minutes or 6.06 miles
UCSD rate: $119/night

Homestead Sorrento Valley
9880 Pacific Heights Blvd
Sorrento Mesa, CA 92121
Phone: 858-623-0100
Fax: 858-623-9600
10 minutes or 5.26 miles
UCSD rate: $114/night

Holiday Inn Express La Jolla
6705 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-454-7101
Fax: 858-454-6957
12 minutes or 4.98 miles
Regular rate: $160-185/night

Days Inn San Diego at Sea World
3350 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA, 92110
Phone: 619-224-9800
Fax: 619-224-0706
12 minutes or 9.42 miles
Regular rate: $94-112/night

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Almost Time

Less than a week now before the conference. The committee is hard at work on the last minute details to ensure the conference is a success! See everyone next week!

Guma'Famoksaiyan Gathering

Please distribute widely...


Gathering Strength for our Journey Ahead

May 23-25, 2008
San Diego, California

Famoksaiyan is a group comprised of dedicated and passionate people who work on issues of decolonization, cultural and language revitalization and the dissemination of information regarding the proposed military build up of Guam. The organization’s first conference was held in San Diego, California, on April 14-15, 2006, and was titled “Famoksaiyan: Decolonizing Chamorro Histories, Identities and Futures.” The people who attended that first gathering left with the desire to transform the energy and excitement of the conference into something more sustainable.

Famoksaiyan translates into “the time or place of nurturing or growing,” or “the time to paddle forward.” And it was in this spirit that more than 70 Chamorros and individuals of other ethnic identities from Guam gathered together to share their work, ideas and stories in hope of effecting a positive change for Chamorro communities in the Marianas Islands and the United States.

In a short period of time, Famoksaiyan has organized and assisted in organizing several historic meetings, trips and conferences. Most prominently amongst these have been the following:
• Three trips to the United Nations to testify to the international community on the question of Guam.
• The “Decolonizing Our Lives” forum held at the University of Guam, which gathered more than 250 people. The event served to educate individuals about what different organizations are doing to facilitate Guam’s political and cultural decolonization.
• A second Famoksaiyan conference held on April 20-22, 2007, in Berkeley and Oakland, California. Titled Famoksaiyan: “Our Time to Paddle Forward,” Summit on Decolonization and Native Self-Determination, the conference brought together more than three hundred people to share and learn about the struggles of indigenous people in the Pacific and the Americas.

As part of Famoksaiyan’s continuing commitment to the decolonization of Chamorro lands and lives, we are pleased to announce in cooperation with Chamorro Hands in Education Links Unity (CHELU) Inc.:

Gathering our Strength for the Journey Ahead

Day 1 Friday, May 23, 2008 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Famoksaiyan Sustainability Meeting
CHELU Inc. Office
334 Willie James Jones Ave
San Diego, CA 92102

Day 2 May 24, 2008 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
I Salud i Taotao yan i Tano’
Joyce Beers Community Center
1220 Cleveland Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103

Day 3 May 25, 2008 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Ma’cho’cho’cho’ para i Mamamaila
Sons and Daughters of Guam Club
334 Willie James Jones Ave
San Diego, CA 92102

In times past, knowledge, skills, family and village histories were passed down to the younger generations through different guma’ or houses, such as the guma’saga’ or the family home, or the guma’ulitao, the bachelor’s house. In these spaces young Chamorros, would be given the crucial knowledge of their family, clan and village genealogy, and also be imparted the necessary skills for tasks such as planting, fishing, navigation, debate and weaving. Through this inter-generational sharing, young Chamorros would be prepared to be productive, respectful and active members of both their clan and their village.

As Chamorros and their islands face uncertain futures due to various economic, health, environmental, military and social concerns, it is crucial that we come together to work towards developing progressive solutions to these problems. This year’s gathering hopes to continue the spirit of our ancestors by creating a guma’famoksaiyan, or a house where we can nurture each other, grow and strategize ways to continue paddling forward. We will do this by first, providing presentations and facilitating discussions about fundamental issues that are affecting our people and our islands, whether it be health and diet issues, the impending military buildup, the reality of Guam’s physical environment, the decolonization of Guam and the plight of the Chamorro language. Second, in the hopes of building a more progressive and critical Chamorro / Guam community, we will also convene working groups to discuss different projects and strategies to creatively and effectively confront the existing problems that face our island.

Attending the gathering is free, however donations will be taken throughout the weekend. Please contact Michael Lujan Bevacqua ( or Leiana San Agustin Naholowaa ( or visit the Guma’Famoksaiyan website at for more information.

Chamorro Hands in Education Links Unity, Inc. (CHE’LU) is the official fiscal sponsor of Famoksaiyan and the Guma’Famoksaiyan gathering in May 2008 in San Diego, California. CHE’LU is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations made to Famoksaiyan are eligible for tax deduction. Neither CHE’LU nor Famoksaiyan support any political candidate, party or affiliation in compliance with the laws governing nonprofit institutions.