Presenters made it to Middlebury for the conference (I discuss it in a previous post) despite the nor’easter. (I could not arrive because of the weather but will present remotely this afternoon.) The conference organizers produced a video of Tamar Meyer’s opening comments and Todd Gitlin’s keynote address, “The Ambiguous Consequences of Failed Revolutions” (13:00 in the video below).
The conference organizers will provide live web streams of the rest of the conference here, and, if I understand correctly, will produce videos after the conference ends on Saturday. I will be presenting “Mexican transition(s) and youth political engagement after 1968 in Mexico City” at 4:45 EST.
I am working with other members of the Latin American Studies Working Group (Drs. Zoe Pearson, Camilo Jaramillo, and Carolyne Larson) to launch our interdisciplinary Latin American Studies programming at the University of Wyoming. From February 27 to March 1, we will be hosting Dr. Eugenia Allier Montaño (UNAM) and Ana Ignacia “Nacha” Rodríguez Márquez (Comité 68), interviewed here in the documentary film Casa Libertad, as they visit from Mexico City to recognize the fiftieth anniversary of the events of 1968. The week of programming will include talks by our guests, screenings of documentaries (including the new award winning documentary by João Moreira Salles,) work in the classroom with our students, and opportunities to network for the Latin American Studies community at University of Wyoming. A flier with our schedule is found below.
the Comité 68 in Mexico City on the 48th anniversary of October 2
The organizers for the “1968, Fifty Years of Struggles” conference at Middlebury College have posted information about the conference including the schedule of presentations, and biographies and abstracts of the presenters. I will present a paper from my Between Repression and Heroism project. Details about the paper can be found here.
The Middlebury conference is of course one of a slew of events in the US that mark the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of 1968. For example, University of Pittsburgh will host a semester long series events on “Global Legacies of 1968” including film screenings and presentations from some significant voices in the study of the global ’68, the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul is currently hosting “The 1968 Exhibit,” which focuses more on the Anglo-American experience of ’68, and the American Historical Association annual meeting earlier this month featured panels on histories of 1968 and the significance of the events of that year for contemporary politics (discussed here and here). Events are also being organized around the world. In Mexico, I am aware of diverse forms of commemoration beyond the annual march on October 2, from a rock opera to book projects and colloquia to theatrical performances. I will continue to catalogue anniversary events on this blog as they come to my attention.
The editorial team for the Journal of Latin American Geography has released 16(3), which includes a number of excellent contributions, including an interesting analysis of changes in the spatial distribution of violence in Mexico between 2006 and 2011, a process that will demand continued attention as Mexico is unfortunately on track to break previous record numbers of violent crimes in 2017.
I contributed an invited book review of Markus-Michael Müller’s The Punitive City (Zed Books) to JLAG 16(3). Müller’s book approaches the processes examined in María del Pilar Fuerte Celis and Enrique Pérez Lujan’s article from a critical criminological perspective, and with a more narrow focus on Mexico City. The book is worth a read, not only for its study of how the geography of crime has been rendered and governed in Mexico City, but also because it provocatively offers a timely argument for “desecuritizing” scholarly analysis and practical engagement with the instabilities wrought by neoliberal governance. As I say in conclusion to the review,
“Müller’s The Punitive City will appeal to students and scholars of democracy, policing, urban development, and neoliberalism in Latin America, and it promises to immediately shape debates in the literature on Mexico City. Beyond its academic audience, activists and social justice organizers may find emancipatory energy in Müller’s analysis of the punitive city, for it shows that, despite the endurance of hierarchical and exploitative relationships in the governance of Mexico City, a punitive turn in neoliberal governance is contingent upon disparate practices of securitization and is therefore vulnerable to contestation. Amidst the emergence of transnational movements that are explicitly responding to extra-legal detention and disappearance, Müller underscores the urgency of politically engaged geographical scholarship, and suggests a need for future work on counter-topographies of anti-security.”
The complete issue of JLAG 16(3) can be found here.