Conference on Border Crossings: Gender, Sexuality, and Rights


Monday, November 5, 2018 - 5:00pm to Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 6:00pm


Border Crossings: Gender, Sexuality, and Rights

Preliminary Conference Program and Invitation 

Location: GWS 100


Monday, November 5, 2018 5:00 PM Dinner Reception

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018  All-day Conference Activities 8:15 AM to 5:15 PM

Please join us for a conference inspired by Gloria Anzaldúa’s seminal contributions to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies that give us the opportunity to engage with the geographical location of the conference in Arizona and with a wide range of subjects of  international “border crossings.”

Some presentations are related to regional themes of borders and borderlands of the US-Mexican border. Others consider subjects that allow us to compare, contrast, and illustrate the complexity of rights (including, but not limited to violence and the violation of rights, legal concepts of gender/sexual power and norms, international/national dimensions of social/cultural/political/legal constructs of human rights, individual and collective power/empowerment) as well as border crossings (including but not limited to the complexities of physical trespassing of nation-state borders, cultural ruptures, and gendered and sexual transgressions).


8:15 AM – 8:45 AM   Coffee and Welcome

Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooney, History Dept,, University of Arizona

Marcela Vásquez, Latin American Studies, University of Arizona

Martin J. Gössl,  FH JOANNEUM, Graz


8:45 AM – 10:15 AM  Panel 1: Women, Gender, and Protest

Chair and Discussant:

William H. Beezley, History Department, University of Arizona

The Lynching of the Wicked: Fat-Stealers, Bloodsuckers, and Witches in Post-Revolutionary Mexico

Gema Santamaria, History Dept., Loyola University Chicago.

(Un)dress to Impress: The Politics of Gender, Nudity, and Workers' Rights in Twentieth-Century Mexico

Sandra Mendiola, History Dept., University of North Texas

Hondureñas at the Front: Poetry, Storytelling, and the Rhetorics of Honduran Resistance and Feminism

Joanna E. Sanchez-Avila, English Dept., University of Arizona


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Panel 2: Border Enforcement, Gendered Performance, and Affect

Chair and Discussant:

Dominique Grisard, Gender Studies, University of Basel

Cruel Deportations, Mexican Masculinities

Robert Irwin, Spanish Dept., UC Davis

Border Enforcement, Gendered Performances and Affect: Border Control Practices at the Swiss-Italian Border

Jana Häberlein , Gender Studies, University of Basel

This Is the Whorehouse.  The Church Is Over There”: The Whore Stigma and Sexual Joking in a Mexican Border City Prostitution Zone

Sarah Luna, Anthropology Dept., Tufts University



“The Slave Next Door”: Domestic Service, Trafficking Asylum Claims, and the Persistence of Coercion in West Africa

Benjamin N. Lawrance, History Dept., University of Arizona


1:30 PM - 3:15 PM    Panel 3:  Complicating Histories of Gender, Violence, and Resistance

Chair and Discussant:

Elizabeth Oglesby, Latin American Studies and Geography, University of Arizona

Victims of Violence and Agents of Change: Women, Gender, and Urban Violence during Guatemala’s Civil War

Heidi Munoz, History Dept., University of Arizona.

When Death Comes Knocking: Uneven Efforts to Identify and Enumerate Migrant Deaths along the U.S.-Mexico Border

Anna O’Leary and Gabriella Soto, Mexican American Studies, University of Arizona

Women Journalists on the Frontline: Resistance and Resilience in Ciudad Juárez

Celeste González de Bustamante and Jeannine E. Relly, Journalism, University of Arizona

Complicating Femicide: Gender, Sexuality, and Ritualized Violence in El Salvador

Annalise Gardella, Latin American Studies, University of Arizona


3:45 - 5:15 PM   Keynote Address

Yearning Man: Libertarian Exit and Gender from the Era of Decolonization to the Digital Age.

Raymond Craib (Professor of History, Cornell University)


Wednesday, November 7, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM- Guided Tour of the Border

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Sponsored by: Latin American Studies (LAS), Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS), Mexican American Studies (MAS), the Department of History, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), and the Network of Women, Gender, and Sexuality of the Social Science History Association (SSHA).

***For questions please contact Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooney, Dept. of History at


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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