Return(ed): The Temporalities and Geographies of Deportation

Deborah Boehm, Associate Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Women's Studies, University, of Nevada, Reno, and Visiting Research Associate, SAR

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Narratives of Mexican national deportees and those close to them tend to focus on uncertainty and insecurity about future events and locations. Deportation is characterized both by trans-national movement and limited movement and results in disrupted perceptions of past and future. While the US deports Mexican nationals with a sense of finality, the trajectories of those affected by deportation, including deportees themselves, are likely to be linked to continued transnational movement. This presentation considers the deportation of Mexican nationals from the United States, focusing on migrants with ties to the Mexican states of San Luis Potosí and Zacatecas and several locations throughout the western United States. Boehm situates forced removals within time and place and explores the disorienting temporalities and shifting geographies of return.

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