Fall 2017 "Charlas Con Cafe" Lecture Series: The Thickening of the U.S/Mexico Border: Mapping Geographies of Migration and Deterrence in Arizona's Altar Valley By: Geoff Alan Boyce


Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:00 to 14:00
This talk builds on an ongoing exploration of the everyday geographies of human migration and boundary enforcement
in Arizona’s Altar Valley, and the constitutive role of the physical environment and its terrestrial qualities in shaping
interactions between both. Specifically, in this talk I present findings from an ongoing research collaboration with the
southern-Arizona humanitarian organization No More Deaths, involving the analysis of geo-spatial data collected in the
routine course of the organization’s work. This allows us to reconstruct changes in migration patterns and enforcement
practices over time, revealing important insights into the evolving spatiality of the U.S. Border Patrol’s strategy of
“prevention through deterrence,” and its consequences for borderlands communities and for migrating persons alike.
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