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

  • Harvard University CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA (map)

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.