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17:30 - 19:30 31 January 2014

New Identities and New Border Crossings in the Southern Mexican Frontier


Lecture Theatre 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Prof Aida Hernandez, CIESAS Mexico; Cambridge

In this paper, Aida Hernandez will analyze the experience of migration and the configuration of new collective identities among 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.


Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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