Binational Conference on Border Issues 2010

Announcement and Call for Papers

San Diego City College
December 1, 2010
9 am - 3 pm
Room D 121A

"The U.S.-Mexican border es una herida abierta (is an open wound) where the third world grates against the first and bleeds". Gloria Anzaldúa

The U.S./Mexico border has become increasingly important and relevant to populations living and interacting with one another on both sides of this international boundary. Impacts and perceptions of the border region continue to be the subject of many contemporary research projects, advocacy and activism. Papers in this conference will explore the impact of the border on populations living both in the U.S. and Mexico. They may also discuss how these populations perceive and respond to these impacts from various perspectives through current research, activism, advocacy and life experience.


DAVID BACON, California-based writer and photographer, author of Illegal People and The Children of NAFTA. VICTOR CLARK ALFARO, Director of the Binational Center for Human Rights in Tijuana and a lecturer in the Latin American Studies Department at San Diego State University

This announcement is also a Call for Papers from current researchers, activists, faculty, and students on both sides of the international border.

Paper presentations will be 10 or 20 minutes in length (including presentation and Q and A) and will address one or more of the following topics:

Art, music, literature
Border studies curriculum
Baja California: development of the Peninsula
Central American migrants
Conflict Resolution/Mediation along the border
Environment—toxic waste
Health, education, housing
Human Rights
Human Trafficking
Indigenous Peoples
Life after deportation
Maquiladora Industry
Militarization of the border
Physical Impact on Cultural (Archaeological) Resources
U.S. migration to Mexico

If interested, please submit a 250 word (maximum) abstract to by Nov 2, 2010. Selected papers will be published in a forth coming journal of border studies.

Art exhibition at the Centro Cultural de la Raza: Nov 27 - Dec 9

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This conference is sponsored/supported by: San Diego City College President Terry Burgess, American Federation of Teachers local 1931, City College Institute for Human Development, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and Anthropology Program of Department of Behavioral Sciences

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