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Materialities of the Border and Contemporary Archaeology at the US-Mexico Border

November 4, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The South Seminar (former The Americas South Seminar) in the Department of Anthropology is pleased to invite you to the second of our three Fall 2016 conversations, which will take place Friday November 4 at 6:30pm in the Sheldon Scheps Memorial Library (Room 457 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University).


Randall McGuire (Binghamton) will be in conversation with Zoë Crossland (Columbia) about Materialities of the Border and Contemporary Archaeology at the US-Mexico Border.


The rematerialization of the U.S.–Mexico border in Ambos Nogales emerges dialectically from fortification and transgression. From picket fence to steel wall, the material border is the most visible instrument of the United States’ militarization of the border. It does not secure it, yet it facilitates and restricts agency through its re-materialization.


Please email Anna: aks2217@columbia.edu for more information.


Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology & ISERP.


The objective of the South Seminar is to employ Latin America and the Caribbean as a prism for rethinking broader theoretical issues in anthropology today. We hope to address theoretical questions within contemporary anthropology by bringing anthropologists who work on Latin America and the Caribbean in conversation with those working on other regions. We therefore seek to curate presentations and cross-disciplinary conversations that include subject matters that transcend the region. Discussions that include class, politics, economics, securitization, race, racism, colonialism, gender, human-nature relations, affect, environmental studies are of particular concern. 


November 4, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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