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The Andrew Norman Guest Lecturer Series

An endowment from the Andrew Norman Foundation in 1988 established an annual guest lectureship which brings distinguished men and women in the forefront of regional politics, environmental issues, education, culture and arts to enhance the understanding of the communities of Colorado College and Colorado Springs about the Southwest.

2018-2019 Andrew Norman Lecture

“Cat Fights on the Río & Diabolic Caminos in the Desert: The nature of boundary enforcement in the US-Mexico borderlands”

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In this talk, Sundberg presents a more-than-human analysis of boundary making and enforcement at the United States’ southern border with Mexico. This form of analysis seeks to account for other-than-humans as actors who participate in making worlds. Familiar narratives about boundary enforcement at the US-Mexico border feature humans as the primary actors of significance and position other-than-humans in an inferior ontological realm called Nature.  A more-than-human approach, in contrast, examines how other-than-humans – like those assembling to create the Sonoran Desert or Tamaulipan Thornscrub – shape the very conditions of possibility for boundary enforcement.  Other-than-humans also generate conditions that confound the daily practices of boundary enforcement.  Struggles to manage lively assemblages of other-than-humans, has led state actors to call for authoritarian legal mechanisms and ever more militarized tactics and infrastructure like walls and surveillance technology.  She suggests, attention to other-than-humans leads to different explanations for the causes of escalating enforcement in the US-Mexico borderlands; such explanations contest the pursuit of mastery.

7 p.m., Thursday, October 11, 2018, South Hall Commons, 130 E. Cache La Poudre Street             

Free and open to the public

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