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Hacking the Border: Undocumented Migration and Technologies of Resistance in the Digital Media and Film of Alex Rivera

Hacking the Border: Undocumented Migration and Technologies of Resistance in the Digital Media and Film of Alex Rivera
UTSC MW Room 170
Time: Apr 3rd, 3:00 pm End: Apr 3rd, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), Latin American, English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Digital Art/Humanities, Diaspora/Transnational, Cinema, Caribbean, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Anthropology (UTSC), African
Lecture by Paula Straile-Costa, Ramapo College of New Jersey

The UTSC Department of English Film Studies Speaker Series invites you to a lecture by

Professor Paula Straile-Costa, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Hacking the Border: Undocumented Migration and Technologies of Resistance in the Digital Media and Film of Alex Rivera


Professor Straile-Costa will discuss award-winning Latino filmmaker and digital media artist Alex Rivera who uses film and web-based media to document immigrant life in the United States and the network of transnational connections that result from displacement. Rivera's 2008 feature-length science-fiction film Sleep Dealer (USA/Mexico) depicts a militarized world of walled borders where a globalized workforce sends its labor North via cyberspace from remote "factories." Rivera's web-based documentaries, themselves subversive uses of technology, critique neoliberalism while also pointing to the creativity, ingenuity, and technological savvy of the 21st century clandestine migrant to invent ever new forms of resistance.

Professor of Spanish at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Paula Straile-Costa, Ph.D., specialises in Inter-American literatures, tracing the transnational connections and power dynamics in Latino and African-American literatures, Spanish American and Brazilian literatures. Her work deals with a number of issues, including race, gender, and sexuality and forms of resistance in indigenous communities and those of an African Diaspora in the Americas.

For more information, please contact Professor Claudia Hoffmann at claudia.hoffmann@utoronto.ca

Department of English, University of Toronto Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail, Humanities Wing H427, Toronto, Ontario M1C A14


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