Nov 19, 2008

Transnational Spaces, Transborder Places

The Institute for the Study of Social Change (ISSC) UC Berkeley is pleased to co-sponsor the following event, which is free and open to the public:

Transnational Spaces, Transborder Places

A Mellon Colloquium
Friday, November 21, 2008, Noon-2pm
Geballe Room, Townsend Center, UC Berkeley
Reception to follow, Barrows Hall (5th floor, East lobby)

Recent scholarly attention to borders and borderlands represents an opening to social phenomena and frameworks of analysis historically neglected across the disciplines. This colloquium will bring together distinguished scholars of borderlands broadly conceived through ethnographic inquiry. Their collaboration represents a comparative approach, uncommon across disciplines, which considers geopolitical and cultural border/lands of the United States-Mexico and Mexico-Guatemala. Presenters will engage transnational and transborder perspectives to explore multiple meanings of border/lands, including:

the interplay of cultural constructs, such as race/ethnicity, gender, and class, with notions of geographic space; the impact of international migration on women's identities and roles; neoliberalism and marginality; and reshaping power through indigenous and mestiza women's collective organization and daily resistance within global processes. Panelists will present their work, compare their findings, and discuss with each other and audience members how communities, cultures, and people transcend borders and create borderlands.

Presentations and Presenters
"Netza-York and Other Transnational Urban Borderlands". Dr. Federico Besserer, Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, and Coordinator, Transnational Studies Program, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Iztapalapa,
Mexico City, Mexico.

"Migration to the North in the Mam Zone: New Identities, New Border Crossings in the Southern Mexican Frontier". Dr. Rosalva Aida Hernández, Professor and Senior Researcher, Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), Mexico City, Mexico.

"¡NAFTA No, Trabajos Sí!': Dislocation and Neoliberal Marginality at the U.S.-Mexico Border". Dr. Francisca James Hernández, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley.

Moderator/Commentator: Dr. David Montejano, Professor, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley.

The colloquium is an initiative of the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities and generous co-sponsors: Department of Ethnic Studies, Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities, Chicana/o Studies Program, Department of Gender & Women's Studies and the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Department of Anthropology, Center for Latin American Studies, Institute for the Study of Social Change, Center for Latino Policy Research, Center for Race and Gender, Department of Geography, and the Beatrice Bain Research Group.

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