Cross-Border Mobility and Transnational Spaces: Border Crossings amongst Mexican Indigenous People

5 February 2014, 17:00 - 19:00

CRASSH, Seminar room S1, First floor*

Dr R. Aída Hernández (CIESAS/Simon Bolivar Chair CLAS, University of Cambridge)


In this presentation I wish to open up an ethnographic window in order to take a look at the new cross-border realities experienced by thousands of indigenous people from Latin America. To dwell on the complexities and political potential of transnational and translocal identities I will consider  the experience of  the Mam, a Maya people from Mexico’s southeastern territory. The Mam people have undergone several migratory waves and border crossings in search of survival alternatives. This historical experience of continuous mobility through national, regional and religious borders has influenced their conceptions of community not necessarily moving beyond territory because, as we will see in this article, the references to place are always present in their narratives of identity. But we can say that they are holding on to notions of place in a complex yet tangible sense of ´here´ and ´there´.



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