18th Annual Tinker Symposium

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Giovanni Batz

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9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 16, 2023

Join us at our 18th Annual Tinker Symposium and learn about the summer field research of funded graduate students on Thursday, November 16th at the Student Union, Kachina Lounge. See full program here.


  • 9:00am-9:30am - Morning Reception
  • 9:30am-9:45am - Welcome & Introductions
  • 9:45am -10:55am - Session 1 | Humanitarian Landscapes: Insights from Migrant Shelters and Informal Settlements in Mexico and Guatemala
  • 11:05am-12:00pm - Session 2 | From Music to Mate: Cultural Practices, Health, and Longevity in Paraguay and Costa Rica
  • 12:00pm-1:15 pm - Lunch Break
  • 1:15pm-2:10pm - Session 3 | Waters of Life: Environmental Justice and Activist Alliances in Ecuador and Guatemala
  • 2:20pm-3:30pm - Session 4 | Sounds of Heritage, Voices of Empowerment: Music, Labor, and Afro Latin American Identities in Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia
  • 3:30pm-4:00 pm - Break

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Giovanni Batz

4:00pm-5:00pm - Keynote Lecture: Historical Maya Displacements and the Invasion of Extractive Industries in Guatemala

5:00pm-6:00pm - Reception

"Historical Maya Displacements and the Invasion of Extractive Industries in Guatemala"

Through the use of the concept of the four invasions, this presentation provides an examination of historical invasions and displacements of Maya Peoples in Guatemala. The presentation will explore extractivist industries in the form of hydroelectrics and mining that have led to militarization and state-sponsored violence against indigenous communities, human rights defenders, journalists, environmentalists, and others.

Dr. Giovanni Batz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies, University of California Santa Barbara. He is the author of La Cuarta Invasión published by Asociación para el Avance de las Ciencias Sociales (AVANSCO) in Guatemala. From 2020-2022, he was a President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis. He was also a 2018-2019 Anne Ray Resident Fellow at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His research focuses on extractivist industries, Central American migration, Guatemalan history, and the relationship between historical indigenous and Maya territorial dispossession and transnational migration from Central America to the US.