Citizenship and its Frontiers: Multiculturalism, Interculturality, and Migration

Since the 1980's, many countries in the Americas have constitutionally recognized multiculturality, ethnic diversity and differential forms of citizenship while others, like the United States, have moved in the opposite direction. During this same period, diverse forms of violence, forced displacement, and migration have intensified both within and across national boundaries. How do these phenomena alter and refine notions of citizenship and belonging? What cultural transformations do they bring with them? How can intercultural dialogue be framed in light of struggles for social justice? What debates emerge about place and territory, about the right to land as a cultural right?

Martha García (Colombia), Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes (Puerto Rico/U.S.), Alfredo Molano (Colombia), Ann Pellegrini (U.S.)
Moderator: Agnes Lugo-Ortiz (Puerto Rico/U.S.)


Martha Cecilia García is a sociologist with an MA in Urban Studies from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and is a PhD candidate in Latin American Cultural Studies at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar in Quito. García is also a member of the CINEP Social Movements team, and an analyst of urban social movements and struggles.

Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes specializes in Latina/o studies; Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean studies; women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; lesbian, gay, and queer studies; and theater and performance. He received his BA from Harvard College (1991) and his MA and PhD from Columbia University (1999).

Please see the interview with Larry La Fountiain-Stokes on HIDVL here.

Alfredo Molano is a sociologist from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and studied at the Ecole Pratique de Hautes in Paris. Molano is a writer, journalist and editorial columnist, and has traveled throughout Colombia researching histories of colonization and violence.

Ann Pellegrini is Associate Professor of Performance Studies and Religious Studies at New York University. In 2007 she was the Freud-Fulbright Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis at the Freud Museum in Vienna. She is a member emerita of the Board of Directors of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies.

Agnes Lugo-Ortiz is an Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Languages and Literatures at The University of Chicago. She is a specialist in nineteenth-century Latin American literature, and in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Caribbean cultural history.

Additional Info

  • Encuentro Location (Bogotá) : Auditorio Virginia Gutiérrez, Edificio Posgrados Ciencias Humanas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Date: 26 of August, 2009

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