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





July 18-Aug 1 2021 (2 weeks)


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Borderlands 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. 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 of the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez metroplex.

Project Director(s)

Ignacio Matinez; Joseph Rodriguez

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Cynthia Bejarano; CJ Alvarez; Adriana Dominguez; E.e Carlton-Trujillo

Grantee Institution

The University of Texas at El Paso

Funded through the Division of Education Programs