This course examines the United States-Mexico borderlands. The borderlands are the political, economic, and cultural space where empires, nations, and cultures have collided and come together from the 16 century to the present. The course discusses the emergence of the borderlands as well as the experience of living between empires, nations, and cultures. Readings include novels, memoirs, and secondary sources. Topics include, amongst others, borders, migration, indigenous peoples, conflict, violence, race, nationalism, and policing. While the chronology will be historical, the experience of living between borders can be seen as universal, making the course suitable for students of, amongst others, sociology, ethnic studies, history, anthropology, political science, and gender studies.
TR 12:00-1:15 pm
Crosslisted with HIST 492 BX.
Fulfills history humanities requirement.