We invite the public, artists, activists, academics, and all communities to join us for a three-day conference in City Heights, San Diego. The M & M Conference will include workshops, panels, discussions, film showings, art exhibits, performances, and presentations exploring the connection between militarism and migration within the urgent context of ongoing transnational struggles.

San Diego is home to a continually growing migrant and refugee population displaced by U.S. wars in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, and Central America, and more recently by wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, and other countries. San Diego’s vast defense and military industries and training facilities make possible and fuel the wars and displacements of these populations. Its proximity to the U.S. Mexico border and ongoing colonization of the Kumeyaay nation have also intensified the criminalization of indigenous and racialized populations in the region.

Our conference will emphasize how we can critically envision and work toward a demilitarized and decolonized future.

Conference Dates:

April 21-23, 2017


East African Community and Cultural Center

4061 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92105

Core Team of UCSD organizers:

Conference Co-organizers: Yen Le Espiritu, Ethnic Studies; and Simeon Man, History
Conference Coordinator: Banah Ghadbian, Ethnic Studies, Graduate Student Researcher

Mohamed Abumaye, Grad Student, Ethnic Studies

Patty Ahn, Faculty, Communications

Marie R. Barlow, Grad Student, Sociology

Erica Cho, Faculty, Visual Arts

Esther Choi, Grad Student, Ethnic Studies

Yessica Garcia, Grad Student, Ethnic Studies

Yahya Hafez, Undergrad Alumnus, Ethnic Studies

Joseph Haquang, Undergrad, Biology & Ethnic Studies

Jin Lee, Faculty, Literature

Wendy Matsumura, Faculty, History

Alexis Meza, Grad Student, History

Ed Nadurata, Undergrad, Ethnic Studies & Political Science

Joseph Ruanto-Ramirez, Advisor, SPACES

Lisa Ho, Grad Student, Ethnic Studies

Linh Nguyen, Lecturer, Ethnic Studies

Saiba Varma,Faculty, Anthropology

TerrillJames Lehua Williams, Undergrad, Ethnic Studies & CGS

Youngoh Jung, Grad Student, History

Shane Phan, Undergrad, Ethnic Studies

Hina Shaikh, Grad Student, Ethnic Studies

Erin Suzuki, Faculty, Literature

Kamala Visweswaran, Faculty, Ethnic Studies