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