Department of Geography and the Environment

Series Intersecciones/Interseções/Intersections: Ciudad Juárez ¡Viva!—Feminicidio, Narcoviolencia, and Struggles Against Impunity

Related LILAS Event with Penn State University Geography Professor Melissa Wright

Tue, October 15, 2013 | 2nd Floor Conference Room, Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1

12:00 PM



The fight against impunity continues along Mexico’s border, especially in the industrial hub of Ciudad Juarez. In the 1990s, feminists brought this fight to international attention as they launched a transnational justice movement against feminicidio, the killing of women with impunity. In this presentation, Melissa Wright, Penn State University, creates a feminist and Marxist frame to show that there is much to be learned from the fight against feminicidio for the ongoing struggles in a border city that is now also infamous for juvenicidio, the killing of youth with impunity, and that is occurring in relation to the Mexican government’s declaration of war against organized crime. By situating these justice struggles within a context of North American securitization and neoliberal gentrification along the Mexico-US border, she argues that the feminist fight against impunity exposes the synergy of symbolic and material processes within the drug war. Dr. Wright will argue that this synergy seeks to generate value through the extermination of whole populations, especially of working poor women and their families, in this border city today.

Melissa W. Wright studies the dynamics linking political, cultural and economic processes. Her research is based primarily in Mexico and along the Mexico-U.S. border. She has also conducted fieldwork in southern China and in Hong Kong. Her research has focused on the emergence of an international social movement that protests violence against women along the Mexico-U.S. border. Another project has examined the meaning of citizenship in a transnational context. Her current project focuses on how violence in northern Mexico along with the federal militarization of urban space has affected public life along both sides of the Mexico-US border. For more information, contact Paloma Diaz.

Sponsored by: LILAS

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