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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Colloquium: "The Remittance Landscape: Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA"

Fri, April 25, 2014 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM • CLA 0.128

The Department of Geography and the Environment’s 2014 Spring Colloquium Series hosts a presentation by Assistant Professor Sarah Lopez, School of Architecture.

International migrant remittances have received much attention, as—according to the World Bank—flows to developing countries have increased from 72.3 billion in 2001 to an estimated 401 billion in 2012. While dollars sent home are used for an array of expenses, little is known about how they are used to turn migrant aspirations into concrete and fired-brick realities. This talk explores the remittance landscape—the built environment elements in rural Mexico that have been envisioned by migrants and erected with dollars—as well as the spaces in both Mexico and the U.S. defined by information flows, practices, and organizations that give rise to remitting as a way of life. Lopez tracks the evolution of “remittance houses" in three rural villages in Jalisco to more complex public projects.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Madeline Enos.

Sponsored by: Dept. of Geography & the Environment


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