Transnational(ist) Mexico: Displacement, Migration, and Mobility, September 25-26, 2015

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On September 25 and 26, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at University of Maryland, College Park is convening a conference on “Transnational(ist) Mexico: Displacement, Migration, and Mobility.”

Transnationalism is both a historical condition and a category of analysis. By situating recent and contemporary Mexican cultural production within a hemispheric and global network of power relations and commercial flows, we can investigate how a transnational framework elucidates uneven temporal and spatial distributions often concealed within conventional narratives of national culture, history, and tradition.

Narcotrafficking and money laundering are contemporary examples of how Mexico is composed of numerous nodes through which capital, ideas and people move. The literary and cultural products of Mexico emerge through a spatial architecture of transnational flows situated simultaneously within and beyond the boundaries of the nation-state. The recent mass migration of children to the United States is a reminder of how Mexico is situated between very different regions and nations.

The title of the conference is paradoxical: We wish to consider the persistence of the nation-state in the present moment, so strongly defined by transnational currents and tendencies, while also considering both the values and limitations of nation-state based areas of research.