Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Lecture: "Bounded Borders—Contemporary Border Walls in Latin America"

Thu, September 26, 2013 | Hackett Room, SRH 1.313

12:00 PM

There are 26 border barriers around the globe—proposed, under construction or finished— since 2001. While the U.S. was still testing prototypes of its soon-to-be border wall with Mexico, the Costa Rican government was already building the world’s smallest national border wall at its major terrestrial border crossing with Nicaragua in 2001. Olivia Mena, London School of Economics, examines the social and political architecture of contemporary border walling initiatives, looking specifically at case studies from Latin America. She explores how this infrastructure is characteristic of the changing spatialities of national territory and state sovereignty in the “borderless” age of globalization.
Olivia Mena is a doctoral student in the Sociology Department at the London School of Economics. Her research looks at global border walls in the context of contemporary immigration and securitization initiatives. Last year she was a visiting researcher at LLILAS at the University of Texas in Austin and the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales de la Universidad de Costa Rica and at the She holds a master’s degree in Bilingual and Bicultural Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a master’s in Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies from the London School of Economics.

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Sponsored by: LLILAS Benson

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