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***CHANGE OF DATE*** Lecture: 'New Identities and New Border Crossings in the Southern Mexican Frontier'

Publication date: Sep 3, 2013 2:49:02 PM

Start: Jan 31, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Jan 31, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN

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This event has been re-scheduled for January 31 2014 - In this paper, Aida Hernandez (CIESAS, Mexico; Simon Bolivar Chair, Cambridge) will analyze the experience of migration and the configuration of new collective identities among a Maya people in the Mexican border with Guatemala.  She will deal with the existing tensions in a double dynamic: on one side are the economic forces that lead thousands of Maya-Mam peasants to abandon their land and communities to again cross a political border to the North, while on the other side are the cultural and identity forces that are leading them to maintain the Mam identity as an anchor for confronting the homogenizing tendencies of globalization and reestablishing solidarity networks in the new transnational space.

Aida Hernandez has been working and collaborating in different collective projects with Mam peasants from Chiapas in the last twenty five years, and in this presentation she will share some of the findings that she presents in her most recent book Sur Profundo: Identidades Indígenas en la Frontera Chiapas Guatemala.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.