Conference Speaker

Camilla Fojas

DR. CAMILLA FOJAS

Dr. Camilla Fojas has a joint Mellon Foundation appointment with the American Studies Program and the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. Her research explores transnational Asian, Pacific, and Latin/o American cultural and media studies in a comparative imperial context. She is the author of five books: Cosmopolitanism in the Americas (Purdue UP, 2005), Border Bandits: Hollywood on the Southern Frontier (University of Texas Press, 2008), Islands of Empire: Pop Culture and U.S. Power (University of Texas Press, 2014), Zombies, Migrants, and Queers: Race and Crisis Capitalism in Pop Culture (University of Illinois Press, 2017) and Migrant Labor and Border Securities in Pop Culture (Routledge, 2017). She is currently working on a new project on surveillance and borders tentatively titled Border Securities/Border Futures.

The topic of the keynote speech will be based on her 2017 book Migrant Labor and Border Securities in Pop Culture.

The book explores the conditions for migrant domestic, agricultural, and factory workers as that of continual crisis and examines how the borderlands are a workshop of neoliberalism. These borderland stories present a future of integrated networks in which the border is not just physical but temporal, separating the present time of crisis and migrant phobia, and a future of transborder interaction and settlement based on bridges and networks rather than walls and the proliferation of security technologies. This work examines the collective action seen in Latina/o cultural productions after the economic crisis and how they reach across racial and geographic lines to imagine new entities.