The Texas, Mexico, and Caribbean centers of the Institut des Amériques (IdA), and their host institutions, Texas Global, the Centro Francés de Estudios Mexicanos y Centroamericanos (CEMCA), and the Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), are hosting a virtual seminar series on Thursdays October 21, 28, and November 4, 2021, entitled (Re)Thinking borders in Central America, the Caribbean, and the Gulf Coast of the Southern United States: Separation, Circulation, and Identification at an American crossroads.
Join scholars from around the world for an interactive three-part virtual series as we explore questions of construction and deconstruction of material and symbolical borders, in the pivotal space that links the United States, Central America, and the Caribbean. This unusual grouping will make for a unique exploration of the phenomena of border fragmentation and hybridity. Calling upon a broad theoretical understanding of borders, the seminar also invites us to think of this American crossroads as a space that is at once perceived, conceived, and lived, through a variety of cuts and junctions.
The presentations will be given in English and Spanish, with an option for direct translation offered to everyone in attendance. Registration to each event is mandatory to receive the login information. Please register here.
The audience can look forward to the following program:
Session 1. Drawing Borders: A Region at the Crossroads Between North and South?
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST ; 17 – 19 (Paris)
Moderation : Laurine Chapon University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, IdA, Funglode
Cédric Audebert, University of the Antilles, CNRS, “Fragmentation and Circulation within the Mesoamerican interface: the case of the Caribbean migratory system.”
Rosajilda Velez, Dominican Ministry of Economy, Unit of Social and Economic Policies in the Caribbean. “Loss of strategic relevance of the Caribbean zone.”
Eddy Tejeda, FLACSO, “Labor Migration to the Dominican Republic: state of the Haitian migration in the context of globalization.”
Session 2. Borders and (Hyper)Mobility at an American Crossroads: Toward New Territories?
Thursday, October 28, 2021, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST ; 17 – 19 (Paris)
Moderation : Eliott Ducharme, University Eiffel, IdA, CEMCA
Amarela Varela Huerta, UACM, “Immobility in the Americas. Life practices of moving people; and Death practices, or the counterinsurgency led by regional migration management. Notes from an ongoing process.”
Federico Besserer, UAM-I, “Hurried borders. A reflection on the (re)bordering of contemporary cities.”
Laurent Faret, University Paris Diderot, “Borderspace and restricted mobilities between Central and North Americas.”
Session 3. Drawing the Line: Representing Identities from the Borders of the Americas
Thursday, November 4, 2021, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST ; 16 – 18 (Paris)
Moderation : Gabriel Daveau, University of Lille, IdA, UT Austin, Texas Global.
Brent Crosson, UT Austin, Religious Studies, “Between Trinidad and Venezuela”
Fernando Limón Aguirre, ECOSUR, “Territorialities and transborder dynamics of the chuj and q'anjob'al peoples.”