Dialogues on the Mexico-US Border Violence
Tue, April 12, 2005 • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM • Texas Union Theatre
In recent years, scholars from institutions on both sides of the Mexico-US border have proposed different views on the violence currently affecting the area. Violence has been related to political issues, the globalizing economy, changes in gender role structure after the proliferation of maquiladoras, the promotion of hate against immigrants, women, and sexual minorities, and the control of organized crime in economic and social life. In addition, artists, journalists, politicians, writers, musThe questions we will address are: What knowledge on border violence has been produced in the Mexican and US institutions? How have the relevant research problems been framed? What are the main debates regarding concepts of violence and our understanding of the border? What light can an interdisciplinary dialogue shed on these issues? To understand from a multidisciplinary perspective a social phenomenon as complex violence, do we need to consider reorganizing our methods of knowledge production? Objectives: To discuss the discursive production and reception regarding violence in the northern border of Mexico. To foster exchange of knowledge and insight across disciplinary boundaries in order to promote a comparative bi-national dialogue about violence. To stimulate further collaborative research initiatives across disciplinary and institutional lines.