Southern California is an excellent venue for advancing scholarship on political borders and their implications for the places they separate and the connectivities between them: migration, language and culture, water, sovereignty, economies, etc. The US-Mexico border provides a compelling regional focus for this theme. Close to 30 sessions are scheduled under this Borders track and will run from Tuesday through Saturday.
To highlight this track and the Annual Meeting’s proximity to Mexico, Michael Dear will present a special lunchtime plenary on the topic of “Why Walls Won’t Work: Repairing the US-Mexico Divide” on Thursday, April 4 from 11:50 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Avalon, Westin, Level 3. Examples of other session topics include geographical research related to the environmental politics of borderland regions, borderlands and identities, spatial politics of border enforcement practices and surveillance, borders in the city, physical barriers and newly securitized spaces, rethinking borders as political economic regions of interest, dynamics of multi-scalar spaces and conflicts, processes of de-bordering and re-bordering, and more.