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OPENING PLENARY: Border Interventions: The Interstices of Geopolitics, Identity and Violence

Thu, May 25, 18:00 to 19:30, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 2, Indigo Ballroom A

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This opening roundtable intervenes at the site of “the border”—or rather multiple, intersectional borders. Speaking from our location in San Diego, the panel explores the geopolitical border separating Mexico from California, representing significant economic imbalances aggravated by power dynamics enabled by gender, race, culture and ethnicity. The panelists speak as well to linguistic and representational practices that conjure a “border” between dominant and so-called marginal forms of gender, sexual, cultural and ethnic identity. As scholar-activists, our panelists will probe the entanglements that women and non-binary people, especially, negotiate as they travel material, geographic and symbolic borders; in these risky spaces of mobility, subjects incur violence ranging from silencing to criminalization, disappearance and murder. In work ranging from performance to multi-media interventions and activism, our panelists present the mediated practices they employ to disrupt the rationality of the border and lay bare the violence offered incurred in its name.

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