Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert: Borderlands Narratives about Identity and Binationalism


El Paso, TX



July 14, 2019 - July 28, 2019 (2 weeks)


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience


505-934-2381 or 915-747-7054 

Borderland narratives have historically been seen as peripheral to the development of American history and identity. In middle and high-school textbooks across the country, borderland populations have received minimal attention. The binational spaces border people occupy have been portrayed as dangerous, illegitimate, and as part of a distinct counter-culture. During this two-week Summer Institute we aim to place these forgotten regions and their populations at the center of the debate about American history and identity by focusing on the multicultural region and narratives from the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez metroplex.

Project Director(s)

Ignacio Martinez; Joseph Rodriguez

Visiting Faculty

Jeffery Shepherd; Adriana Dominguez; Cynthia Bejarno; José Antonio Rodríguez; Erika L. Sánchez

Grantee Institution

The University of Texas at El Paso

Funded through the Division of Education Programs