September 21 webinar: Unpacking the U.S. Midwest as a Borderland

A zoom link for the webinar will be posted in the morning on September 21.


September 14 webinar: LGBTQ Migrant Organizing: Stories of Resistance and Resilience


August 17 Webinar now live with English-language subtitles and closed captioning!

The archived video can be accessed here.


August 31 Webinar: Language Justice, Imperialism, and the U.S. Immigration System

Zoom link will be posted Monday morning!


Second webinar Monday August 24!


Suggested readings and other background material for webinar block 1 “Current Events in the U.S. / Mexico Border Region”

GENERAL BACKGROUND

Gloria Anzaldúa: Chapter 1, “The Homeland, Aztlán” from Borderlands / La Frontera

Radiolab Border Trilogy (parts 1-3), https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/projects/border-trilogy

AUGUST 17: TRUMP’S ASYLUM POLICIES AND THE TRANSNATIONAL BORDERLANDS DURING COVID-19

Josiah Heyman, Jeremy Slack, and Emily Guerra. 2018. Bordering a ‘Crisis’: Central American Asylum Seekers and the Reproduction of Dominant Border Enforcement Practices. Journal of the Southwest. 60(4)

Eric Reidy. 2020. Coronavirus and the Halting of Asylum at the U.S. / Mexico Border. The New Humanitarian. https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2020/06/29/Mexico-US-coronavirus-mass-expulsions-asylum-halt

Blanca Navarette and Gabriella Sanchez. 2020. Risks and challenges to migrants, asylum seekers and refugees living under Covid-19 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Migration Policy Practice 10(2)

Human Rights First. 2020. Delivered to Danger: Trump administration sending migrants and asylum seekers to danger. https://deliveredtodanger.org/  

NISGUA handout on Asylum Coooperation Agreements: https://nisgua.org/wp-content/uploads/260220-final-R103.pdf

AUGUST 24: INDIGENOUS RESILIENCE, EXTRACTIVISM, AND THE COLONIALITY OF THE U.S. / MEXICO BORDER

Ryan Devereaux,“’We are still here:’ Native Activists in Arizona resist Trump’s Border Wall,” The Intercept, November 24, 2019 https://theintercept.com/2019/11/24/arizona-border-wall-native-activists/

Kendra Chamberlain, “Nuclear Colonialism: Indigenous opposition grows against proposal for nation’s largest nuclear storage facility in NM,” The NM Political Report, November 14, 2019 https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2019/11/14/nuclear-colonialism-indigenous-opposition-grows-against-proposal-for-nations-largest-nuclear-storage-facility-in-nm/

Todd Miller. June 12, 2019. “How Border Patrol Occupied the Tohono O’odham Nation” In These Times https://inthesetimes.com/article/21903/us-mexico-border-surveillance-tohono-oodham-nation-border-patrol Gentry,

Blake Gentry, Geoff Boyce, Jose M. Garcia, and Sam Chambers, 2019. Indigenous survival and settler colonial dispossession on the Mexican frontier: The case of Cedagĭ Wahia and Wo’oson O’odham indigenous communities. Journal of Latin American Geography, 18(1), pp.65-93.

O’odham Solidarity Across Borders Collective. Movement Demands Autonomy! An O’odham Perspective on Immigration and Border Controls: https://bermudaradical.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/movement-demands-autonomy-an-oodham-perspective-on-border-controls-and-immigration/

Tamez, Margo, 2012. The Texas–Mexico border wall and Ndé memory. in Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, borders, and global crisis, Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press

AUGUST 31: LANGUAGE JUSTICE, LANGUAGE IMPERIALISM, AND THE U.S. IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

Blake Gentry. 2020. O’odham Niok? In Indigenous Languages, U.S. ‘Jursidprudence’ Means Nothing. UCLA Chicana/o Latina/o Law Review 37(1)

Democracy Now! 2020. Interpretation Crisis at the Border Leads to Deportation of Mayan-Language Speakers Seeking Refuge https://www.democracynow.org/2020/1/17/a_translation_crisis_at_the_border

Yasnaya Aguilar “Our languages are not dying, they are being killed” https://globalvoices.org/2019/04/15/our-languages-are-not-dying-they-are-being-killed/

Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez, Hegemonies of Language and their Discontents: The Southwest North American Region Since 1540, p. 23-27

SEPTEMBER 14: LGBTQ+ MIGRANT ORGANIZING: STORIES OF RESISTANCE AND RESILIENCE

Morgan Bassichis, Lee, Alexander, and Spade, Dean. “Building an Abolitionist Trans and Queer Movement with Everything We’ve Got” in Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex. Editors Stanley, Eric; Smith, Nat.

TransQueer Pueblo, “#Letters for Liberation from La Palma” https://www.tqpueblo.org/lettersforliberation-from-la-palma 

Nicole Narea, “LGBTQ immigrants talk about waiting on 2 life-changing Supreme Court decisions,” Vox, June 18, 2020 https://www.vox.com/2020/6/18/21293872/supreme-court-daca-dreamer-lgbtq-immigration

Katalina Hatfield “The Precarious Position of Transgender Immigrants and Asylum Seekers,” Human Rights Campaign, January 4, 2019 https://www.hrc.org/blog/the-precarious-position-of-transgender-immigrants-and-asylum-seekers

SEPTEMBER 21: UNPACKING THE BORDERLANDS OF THE U.S. MIDWEST

Todd Miller “The Not-so-soft Underbelly of the North” from Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Frontline of Homeland Security San Francisco: City Lights

Nicholas De Genova. 2005. “Locating a Mexican Chicago in the Space of the U.S. Nation-State” and “The Politics of Production” in Working the boundaries: Race, space, and “illegality” in Mexican Chicago. Duke University Press.

Geoff Boyce, 2018. Appearing ‘out of place’: Automobility and the everyday policing of threat and suspicion on the US/Canada frontier. Political Geography, 64, pp.1-12.

Brian Jordan Jefferson, 2017. Digitize and punish: Computerized crime mapping and racialized carceral power in Chicago. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 35(5), pp.775-796.

Mijente factsheet on gang databases and immigration enforcement https://mijente.net/2017/12/chicago-gang-database-targets-black-latino-men-infographics/


Virtual Border Studies Fall 2020

TOPICS AND CALENDAR OF ONLINE WEBINARS, WORKSHOPS AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS:

Current Events in the U.S. / Mexico border region- Eventos actuales en la región fronteriza de los EE.UU y México 

*August/agosto 17: Trump’s asylum policies and the transnational borderlands during Covid-19- Las políticas de asilo de Trump y las tierras fronterizas durante Covid-19

*August/agosto 24: Indigenous resilience, militarization, and the coloniality of the U.S. / Mexico border- La resiliencia indígena, la militarización y la colonialidad de la frontera de EE.UU y México

*August/agosto 31: Language justice, migration and border militarization- La justicia lingüística, la migración y la militarización de la frontera

*September/septiembre 14: Gender, sexuality and migration- El género, la sexualidad y la migración

*September/septiembre 21: Unpacking the U.S. Midwest as a borderland- Pensando en el medio oeste de los EE.UU como tierras fronterizas

Tools and Strategies for Organizing and Social Justice- Herramientas y estrategias para la organización y la justicia social

*October/octubre 5: Grassroots organizing and legal avenues in the struggle for immigrant rights- La organización de grupos de base y avenidas legales en la lucha para los derechos de inmigrantes

*October/octubre 19: Language justice: tools and training for social change- La justicia lingüística y herramientas para el cambio social

*October/octubre 26: Self-defense for social justice and community autonomy/La autodefensa para la justicia social y la autonomía comunitaria

*November/noviembre 2: Wellness and the politics of wellness/El bienestar y la política del bienestar 

*November/noviembre 9: Social struggle, healing justice and art expression- La lucha social, la justicia restaurativa y la expresión artística

Thank you so much for your continued support of the Border Studies Program! We appreciate each and every one of you!Please don’t hesitate to reach out should you have any questions.