Dear readers, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center at Stony Brook University has announced its upcoming graduate student conference. This year’s theme is “Borders, Borderlands, and Border Thinking in Latin America.”The conference is co-hosted with Columbia University and will be held in New York City on April 22, 2017 and Cynthia Radding will be the keynote speaker. The organizers also listed a number of themes and questions they hope presenters will address:
What analytical lenses (race, gender, ideology, etc) can point us in fruitful directions for a more inclusive borderland approach?
Does broadening the concept of “borderland” (beyond a geographical scope) weaken its effectiveness? In what ways can borderlands be conceived beyond borderland spaces?
How have subalterns and racial “others” been represented in borderland regions? How has this representation impacted these “others” and the wider borderland society they live in? How can we move beyond seeing these subalterns as “others” toward conceptualizing them as central actors in borderland regions?
What mechanisms have colonial and postcolonial states used to incorporate borderland regions into centers of power? How and why have these been successful or unsuccessful?