Distinguished Lecture

The CSAS 2016 Distinguished co-Lecturers are Dr. Miguel Diaz-Barriga and Dr. Margaret Dorsey.

Title:  Refracting Class, Color and Citizenship in a World of Walls

Brief abstract:  With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, pundits rejoiced in the dawn of a new era, a world without walls. Instead, walls now permeate our world, with 33 nation-states constructing them.  With a focus on the U.S. Mexico border wall, Diaz-Barriga and Dorsey interpret the proliferation of border walls  in terms of wider transformations in sovereignty, citizenship, and class relations.  Why do we now live in a world of walls?  Can art play a role in reimagining the future of borders?

Dorsey and Diaz-BarrigaMiguel Diaz-Barriga and Margaret Dorsey are faculty at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  Their research focuses on border security, Mexican American folklore and border studies more generally.  This summer Dorsey and Diaz-Barriga will co-curate an exhibit titled Fencing In Democracy at Apexart Gallery (New York City), and last year they were Visiting Professors of Anthropology at Brooklyn College (CUNY).  They also resided in Santa Fe as a Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Fellows at the School for Advanced Research. They have won several grants (National Endowment of the Humanities, National Science Foundation) and published numerous articles on borderlands politics and culture.  Their most recent publication, “The Constitution Free Zone in the United States,” can be read in the current edition of Political and Legal Anthropology Review. They are currently completing a book manuscript on border security titled, Militarization on the Edge: Necro-Citizenship and the U.S.-Mexico Border Fence.