The Border and Its Bodies: The Embodiment of Risk in the U.S.-México Borderlands

The Border and Its Bodies: The Embodiment of Risk in the U.S.-México Borderlands virtual seminar, presented by The Southwest Center and Amerind Museum, will examine the decades-long humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-México border by focusing on that most basic of all social units: the human body.

When: Friday, April 30, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Arizona Time

The event is free, but registration is required. For more info on the event, and to register, please go here.

When the U.S. government launched Operation Gatekeeper in 1994, the policy of “prevention through deterrence” clamped down on undocumented migrants crossing the border through urban centers like San Diego, Nogales, and El Paso.  Rather than deterring migrants, however, Operation Gatekeeper forced hundreds of thousands of people from Mexico and Central America to brave the mountains and deserts of the Southwest, where thousands perished from exposure or dehydration.

This virtual seminar builds upon a research seminar held at the Amerind Foundation in Dragoon, AZ, in March 2016, where anthropologists from the U.S. and Mexico shared their perspectives and then contributed chapters to The Border and Its Bodies: The Embodiment of Risk on the U.S.-México Line, published by the University of Arizona Press in Fall 2019 from the Amerind Studies in Anthropology Series.

Moderated by Thomas Sheridan, the panel includes Rebecca Crocker, UA College of Public Health; Vicki Gaubeca, Southern Border Communities Coalition; Linda Green, UA School of Anthropology, UA; and Robin Reineke, cofounder of the Colibrí Center for Human Rights.



For Authors

The University of Arizona Press publishes the work of leading scholars from around the globe. Learn more about submitting a proposal, preparing your final manuscript, and publication.



The University of Arizona Press is proud to share our books with readers, booksellers, media, librarians, scholars, and instructors. Join our email Newsletter. Request reprint licenses, information on subsidiary rights and translations, accessibility files, review copies, and desk and exam copies.


Support the Press

Support a premier publisher of academic, regional, and literary works. We are committed to sharing past, present, and future works that reflect the special strengths of the University of Arizona and support its land-grant mission.