Recovery Graduate RA speaks at Borderlands of Southern Colorado Series

On November 7, 2018, Recovery’s graduate research assistant and UH doctoral candidate, Sylvia Fernández, will be presenting alongside her Borderlands Archives Cartography co-founder and fellow UH graduate student, Maira Álvarez. Their presentation, “Understanding US-Mexico Borderlands: Newspapers Mapping Geographical Borders” is part of El Pueblo History Museum’s Fall Borderlands Lecture Series, which runs October 4th through November 14th. All talks will be held at El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo, CO.


National discourses about the border continue to generalize, stereotype and invisibilize the history of communities along the region. But many are unaware that borderland identities have emerged throughout history as a result of the loss of territory, immigrations, exile and deterritorialization. Borderlands Archives Cartography was created to visualize, document and analyze the junction of several cultures and the diverse histories of borderlands “to embrace our past and honor the multiple experiences of our communities.” The project uses a digital map to display a U.S.-Mexico border cartography that records the geographic locations of 19th- and mid-20th-century periodicals in order to conceptualize this region before and after the current division line. BAC’s objective is to understand the complexity of borderlands history, identities and cultures to resist the continuing discourses against this extensive region. (Abstract)

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About the Author
Lorena Gauthereau is a CLIR-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage at the University of Houston.

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