Convergence 2013

HEMI Graduate Student Initiative

American Studies and Ethnicity is a proud sponsor of the Hemispheric Graduate Student Initiative (HEMI GSI) being hosted jointly between UCLA and USC October 11-13 2013.  This year’s theme, “Experimental Collectivities” aims to bring together dedicated people who are interested in working at the intersection of scholarship, artistic expression, and politics.  The Hemi GSI works to promote embodied practices as a vehicle for the creation of new meaning and the transmission of cultural values, memory and identity.  The Convergence will be international in scope yet through Working Groups, participants will engage in discussion and visit pertinent sites and community-based organizations around Los Angeles.  There are over 50 confirmed guests with affiliations from the U.S., Latin America, and the Pacific Islands. Faculty and graduate students from private, public, community, and state universities; advocates, community leaders, and artists will converge during 4 days to discuss subthemes of borderlands, labor, care, and bodies in the digital age.  We are committed to exploring how to dwell in the borderlands of our roles as teachers, students, artists, and activists.

For more information please visit:

  • School of International Relations
  • 3518 Trousdale Parkway
  • Von KleinSmid Center 330
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0043
  • Phone: (213) 740 - 2136