The Borders of Mexico: Bodies, Migration, and Structural Conditions, Friday, November 6, 2015, 9:30am-12:00pm, Charles E. Merrill Lounge

A bilingual and binational symposium bringing together researchers and members of civil organizations from Mexico and the United States. Presentations will address the complex structural conditions of borders and zones of transit and their effects on migrant bodies, with a focus on access to health services for migrants in transit through Chiapas, the risks of the the undocumented journey, migrant deaths and contemporary security policies in Texas, and cultural change and citizenship among transnational indigenous communities.

September 09, 2015

By , Associate Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies 

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Mural at migrant shelter, Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico.  Photo by Cecilia M. Rivas.

 

This free, public symposium brings together researchers and members of civil organizations from Mexico and the United States in a conversation on health and migration in southern Mexico.  Discussants reflect on the complex structural conditions of borders and zones of transit and their effects on migrant bodies.  Their presentations will shed light on those conditions, including access to health services for migrants in transit through Chiapas, the risks of the undocumented journey, migrant deaths and contemporary security policies in Texas, and cultural change and citizenship among transnational indigenous communities.  While holding our attention on the materiality of movements, structural conditions, violence, and health risks, we are also interested in thinking about migration as a transformative process and a condition that contains the hopes and aspirations of people.  Presentations will be in English and Spanish.


About the participants:

Alejandro Cerda García, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco:
“Servicios de salud para los migrantes en tránsito por México: de la disparidad de discursos a los hallazgos de campo”

Sarah Horton, University of Colorado, Denver and Cecilia M. Rivas, UC Santa Cruz:
“Humanitarianism and Central American Migration: A View of the Journey North from Southern Mexico”

Aldo Ledón Pereyra, Voces Mesoamericanas, A.C.:
“La salud de los migrantes en su paso por Chiapas”

Christine Kovic, University of Houston, Clear Lake:
“Migrant Deaths, the New Disappeared, and Unidentified Bodies on the South Texas Border”

Miguel Ángel Paz Carrasco, Voces Mesoamericanas, A.C.:
“Comunidades tsotsiles transnacionales: Ciudadanía y Buen Vivir”

Tania Cruz Salazar, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur:
“De Chiapas a California: Experiencia migratoria y cambio cultural en jóvenes indígenas”


This free, public event is sponsored by the CLRC and supported by The University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) and El Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).