Research in the Borderlands

An Interdisciplinary Workshop Series for Critical Research
“Borders are set up to define the places that are safe and unsafe, to distinguish us from them. A border is a dividing line, a narrow strip along a steep edge. A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. It is in a constant state of transitions.” -Gloria Anzaldua


The “Research in the Borderlands” Working Group seeks to bring together scholars from a wide range to discuss and generate critical scholarship centered on topics such as Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, Identity, Embodiment, Post-Colonial narratives, Place, Distance and Histories (and more!). Discourse related to those areas are increasingly political and precarious in their iterations, especially considering the changing political climate in the United States regarding which bodies are acceptable and which bodies transgress [national, racial, ethnic, sexual, ideological ] boundaries.

Critical scholars (of race, post-colonial theories, feminist and queer theories) often try to challenge these dilemmas with boundary-breaking research epistemologies, methods, and community-based discourses. Additionally, transnational narratives illuminate connections between and social while offering alternative narratives for critical discourse, research and resistance. Using these points as starting positions, working group participants will focus on addressing these ruptures in their research, along with discussing possible methods, theories, challenges and praxis associated with their works.

As participants, we would 1) work to include research and discussion of critical theories, histories and discourses, 2) further development of individual projects and 3) continuously visualizing connections between disciplines and across different fields of study through critical engagement. With this interdisciplinary focus and approach, Research in the Borderlands could also function as a space to create a larger discussion of these theories- and with approval from participants- could transform into a mini-conference for graduate students seeking to present their work.

You can learn more about Research in the Borderlands here.


If interested, please contact:
Chriss Sneed, Graduate Student (Sociology)


This workshop series is sponsored by El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies and the Department of Sociology.