Muhlenberg College: Injury and Rescue on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Muhlenberg College: Injury and Rescue on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Muhlenberg College

Center for Ethics

“Injury and Rescue on the U.S.-Mexico Border”

Ieva Jusionyte is assistant professor of anthropology and social studies at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of political-legal and medical anthropology, with a focus on the study of state power and the materiality of violence; law and criminalized livelihoods; discourses and infrastructures of security; technologies of injury; politics and ethics of representation; and ethnography as method and storytelling.

Based on fieldwork in the tri-border area between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay from 2008 to 2014, her first book, Savage Frontier: Making News and Security on the Argentine Border(University of California Press 2015), examines how local journalists both participate in and contest global and national security discourses and practices in a region portrayed as the hub of drug and human trafficking, contraband and money laundering. Drawing on her professional background as a news reporter and experience of producing an investigative television program “Proximidad” in Argentina, the book probes politics and ethics of representation and knowledge production in ethnography and in journalism. In addition to the book, her work on the tri-border area has appeared in Cultural Anthropology, American EthnologistAnthropological Quarterly, and Political and Legal Anthropology Review.

Her second research project, supported by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, focuses on security infrastructures and emergency services along the border between Sonora and Arizona. Her new book, Threshold: Emergency Responders on the U.S.-Mexico Border (University of California Press, 2018), delves into the lives of first responders under heightened security on both sides of the wall.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 (7–8:45 p.m.)
Miller Forum, Moyer Hall

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DRCLAS Tuesday Seminar: Downwind, Downhill, Downstream
Oct
29
12:00 PM12:00

DRCLAS Tuesday Seminar: Downwind, Downhill, Downstream

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Downwind, Downhill, Downstream: Binational Security on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 12:00pm

Location: CGIS South, S250

Speaker: Ieva Jusionyte, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Studies
Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

In the U.S.-Mexico border region, environmental emergencies – from wildfires to floods to toxic spills – are not circumscribed by jurisdictional boundaries and rescue operations unfold on the binational scale. Therefore, government policies aimed at fortifying and militarizing the border (including the construction of walls) undermine old partnerships between Mexican and American emergency services and thus threaten the safety and wellbeing of residents on both sides of the international divide. Based on ethnographic research in northern Mexico and southern U.S., this talk examines what happens when two security paradigms with very different approaches to space become misaligned.

Ieva Jusionyte is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Studies at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of political-legal and medical anthropology, with a focus on the ethnographic study of state power and the materiality of violence. She is the author of two books: Savage Frontier: Making News and Security on the Argentine Border (University of California Press, 2015) and Threshold: Emergency Responders on the U.S.-Mexico Border (University of California Press, 2018). 

Fernando Bizzarro is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard and a Graduate Student Associate to the DRCLAS. A political scientist from Brazil, he researches the nature, causes, and consequences of democracy and political parties in Latin America.

The Tuesday Seminar Series is a bring your own brown bag lunch series. Please feel free to enjoy your lunch at the lecture, drinks will be provided.

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2019 Anne and Sandy Dolowitz Lecture in Human Rights
Mar
28
4:00 PM16:00

2019 Anne and Sandy Dolowitz Lecture in Human Rights

"Migration in the Americas: A Panel Discussion about Borders, Humanity, and the State"

Although, lately, most accounts focus on the US-Mexico border, migration takes many forms and unfolds daily throughout the Americas. And while sound bites and charged imagery might inflame passions and fuel political division, migration dramatizes some of the most profound and lasting questions of modern life—questions about national identity and belonging, technology and state surveillance, the nature of globalization, and the meaning and sanctity of the family and human life.

Join us for a discussion of these issues and a reception with food following the event.

Panelists:

Ieva Jusionyte
Harvard University

Anna Ochoa O’Leary
University of Arizona

Kit Myers
UC Merced

Moderator:

Claudio Holzner
University of Utah

More info: https://international-studies.utah.edu/events/2019dolowitzlecture.php

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Wall as Weapon: Infrastructure, Injury, and Rescue on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Feb
19
6:00 PM18:00

Wall as Weapon: Infrastructure, Injury, and Rescue on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Wall as Weapon: Infrastructure, Injury, and Rescue on the U.S.-Mexico Border


Intensified criminalization of immigration since the 1990s, aggravated by concerns with terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11, led the United States government to designate the border with Mexico as a source of threats and waging there a series of “wars”: against drugs, against terrorism, and now against migrants and refugees. The wall is a key component of what the Border Patrol calls “tactical infrastructure,” a weapon against those who try to cross into the United States without authorization. Based on ethnographic fieldwork with emergency responders on both sides of the border in Arizona and Sonora, where they rescue wounded migrants as well as fight fires and contain toxic spills that know no political jurisdictions, this talk examines the politics of injury and rescue in the militarized region.

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Ieva Jusionyte at Antigone Books
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Ieva Jusionyte at Antigone Books

Book talk:

Threshold gives readers a glimpse into a frequently overlooked reality; that of first responders who work at the US-Mexico border, preventing disasters and saving lives in both countries. They rush patients to hospitals across country lines, tend to the broken bones of migrants who jump over the wall, and put out fires that know no national boundaries. Writing from her own experience as an emergency responder, Ieva Jusionyte provides a gripping examination of the politics of injury and rescue in this militarized border region.

More info: https://www.antigonebooks.com/event/ieva-jusionyte-author-threshold

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The Migrant Caravan and the Law and Politics of the Border
Nov
29
12:00 PM12:00

The Migrant Caravan and the Law and Politics of the Border

Join the Harvard Immigration Project, Mexican Law Students Association and La Alianza for a discussion of the legal, political and social issues surrounding the ‘migrant caravan’, with Professor Ieva Jusionyte and Professor Sabrineh Ardalan.

A number of migrant caravans comprising thousands of Central American migrants are walking through Mexico with the aim of reaching the US. In the lead up to the mid-terms, President Trump labeled the caravan an ‘invasion’, sending troops to the US-Mexico border. On November 9, the President issued a proclamation restricting the ability to apply for asylum to those who present at ports of entry.

Ieva Jusionyte is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University. Her recent book, Threshold: Emergency Responders on the U.S.-Mexico Border, delves into the lives of first responders under heightened security on both sides of the wall.

Sabrineh Ardalan is assistant director at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program.

Lunch provided. Sponsored by Latham & Watkins.

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Ieva Jusionyte at Harvard Book Store
Nov
9
3:00 PM15:00

Ieva Jusionyte at Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes Harvard assistant professor IEVA JUSIONYTE for a discussion of her latest book, Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border.

About Threshold

Emergency responders on the US-Mexico border operate at the edges of two states. They rush patients to hospitals across country lines, tend to the broken bones of migrants who jump over the wall, and put out fires that know no national boundaries. Paramedics and firefighters on both sides of the border are tasked with saving lives and preventing disasters in the harsh terrain at the center of divisive national debates.
 
Ieva Jusionyte’s firsthand experience as an emergency responder provides the background for her gripping examination of the politics of injury and rescue in the militarized region surrounding the US-Mexico border. Operating in this area, firefighters and paramedics are torn between their mandate as frontline state actors and their responsibility as professional rescuers, between the limits of law and pull of ethics. From this vantage they witness what unfolds when territorial sovereignty, tactical infrastructure, and the natural environment collide. Jusionyte reveals the binational brotherhood that forms in this crucible to stand in the way of catastrophe. Through beautiful ethnography and a uniquely personal perspective, Threshold provides a new way to understand politicized issues ranging from border security and undocumented migration to public access to healthcare today.

Praise

“At a time of nativist talk and wall building, Ieva Jusionyte’s breathtaking Threshold weaves a fiercely honest and personal narrative of first responders along the Sonora-Arizona border. A wonderful read that defies rhetoric and exposes an illuminating, sobering truth.” —Alfredo Corchado, correspondent and author of Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey through a Country's Descent into Darkness

“The US-Mexico borderland—barren, desolate, fierce—is a teeming terrain, with its desert ‘capillaries circulating life without regard to who is legally entitled to it’: migrants, smugglers of people and of drugs, federal agents. It’s a militarized double war zone (‘drug war,’ ‘war on terror’) and a zone of epic human struggle and tragedy, but it's also a place of breathtaking natural wonders. Ieva Jusionyte’s captivating account of often-collaborating US and Mexican firefighting and rescue units on both sides of the border yields startling and original insights. This beautifully written, lucid book demonstrates how powerfully close observations, precise descriptions, and stories of landscape and people can transmit thought and feeling, and earned knowledge, too.” —Francisco Goldman, author of The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?

Threshold makes a fundamental contribution to anthropology by providing a new perspective on something often presented as familiar and well understood: the US-Mexico border. The emergency responders with whom Jusionyte works have a distinctive perspective on the terrain on both sides of the border and on the different state agencies operating in the area. Her observations concerning the landscape as a tool of the state and especially of state violence are arresting, allowing us to see statecraft at the border in an entirely new way.” —Shaylih Muehlmann, author of When I Wear My Alligator Boots: Narco-Culture in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

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International Book Blitz
Oct
24
4:00 PM16:00

International Book Blitz

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Listen to Harvard authors present their global books in a café-style setting. A panel of Weatherhead Center Faculty Associates will each give an eight-minute “speed talk” about their recent book, launching us into compelling issues from around the world, featuring stories and research from Kenya, Japan, India, the United Kingdom, and Mexico, to name a few countries represented thematically in this two-hour event. Refreshments will be provided.

Speakers

Robert H. BatesEaton Professor of the Science of Government, Emeritus, Department of Government; Professor of African and African American Studies, Emeritus, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University.
Book | The Development Dilemma: Security, Prosperity, and a Return to History. Princeton University Press

Jason BeckfieldChair; Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Harvard University.
Book | Political Sociology and the People’s Health. Oxford University Press
 
Sugata BoseGardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Department of History, Harvard University.
Book | The Nation as Mother: And Other Visions of Nationhood. Penguin Books

Ieva JusionyteAssistant Professor of Anthropology and of Social Studies, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.
Book | Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border. University of California Press
 
George Paul MeiuJohn and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Departments of African and African American Studies and Anthropology, Harvard University.
Book | Ethno-erotic Economies: Sexuality, Money, and Belonging in Kenya. University of Chicago Press

Pippa NorrisPaul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Harvard Kennedy School; Laureate Research Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney.
Book | Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit, and Authoritarian Populism. Cambridge University Press

Daniel M. SmithAssociate Professor, Department of Government, Harvard University.
Book | Dynasties and Democracy: The Inherited Incumbency Advantage in Japan. Stanford University Press

This event is part of Worldwide Week at Harvard, celebrated from October 20–27, 2018.

Contact

Michelle Nicholasen
michelle_nicholasen@wcfia.harvard.edu

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El umbral: Infraestructura táctica, emergencias y rescate en la frontera México-Estados Unidos
Sep
11
4:00 PM16:00

El umbral: Infraestructura táctica, emergencias y rescate en la frontera México-Estados Unidos

La criminalización de la inmigración desde la década de los 90, agravada por la preocupación por el terrorismo después del 11 de septiembre, llevó al gobierno de Estados Unidos a designar la frontera con México como una fuente de amenazas e iniciar ahí una “guerra de baja intensidad.” El muro fronterizo es un componente clave de lo que la Patrulla Fronteriza llama “infraestructura táctica”—un arma contra aquellos que cruzan a Estados Unidos sin documentos. Basada en trabajo etnográfico, esta charla se enfoca en el análisis histórico y social de los efectos negativos de la militarización fronteriza, demostrando que en lugar de aumentar la seguridad nacional, el reforzamiento fronterizo erosiona los fundamentos de la seguridad pública en las comunidades binacionales a lo largo de la frontera.

La plática tendrá lugar a las 4 pm, en el Auditorio de Industrias Creativas del Centro de Biotecnología del campus central del Tec de Monterrey.

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The Border Wall: Life and Injury on the Frontlines
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

The Border Wall: Life and Injury on the Frontlines

Free Public Lecture

Location: Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Ieva Jusionyte, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Studies, Department of Anthropology and Committee on Degrees in Social Studies; Faculty Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

The idea of building a wall on the U.S./Mexico border serves as a potent symbol across the political spectrum—a means of assuaging social and economic anxieties by placing them onto a remote frontier. Ieva Jusionyte will consider how an anthropological analysis of the state, borders, and security can help people understand the meaning and impact of such a wall. Drawing on ethnographic research with emergency responders who rescue those injured in government actions against drugs and unauthorized migration, she will discuss how deploying “tactical infrastructure” (of which the wall is but one piece) changes everyday life on both sides of the border.

Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.

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Under the Wall: Infrastructure as Security and as Threat on the U.S.- Mexico Border
Nov
29
5:30 PM17:30

Under the Wall: Infrastructure as Security and as Threat on the U.S.- Mexico Border

Presentation at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Speaker: Ieva Jusionyte, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Harvard University

Moderator: Diane Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Politics of security on the U.S.-Mexico border have expanded from traditional concerns with drug trafficking and unauthorized migration to a paradigm of “all threats and hazards,” which includes wildland fires, floods, and toxic spills that can spread downwind, downhill, and downstream from Sonora to Arizona.⁠ Based on ethnographic research with emergency responders – firefighters and paramedics – in northern Mexico and southern U.S., the talk will examine the violent entanglement between statecraft, law, and topography, and trace its injurious effects on those who inhabit or trespass the militarized desert terrain of urban borderlands.

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