14 Subjects Unbound/Unbordered: Arts, Migration, Resistance


While the US, Mexico, and Central America’s Northern Triangle are separated by geopolitical borders, they are linked by the migratory movements and flows of people, goods, and ideas. This has long been the case, and yet our contemporary moment is marked by increasingly violent and divisive political rhetoric, widespread precarity, and deadly migratory journeys. Drawing from different regions of the U.S., Mexico, the Northern Triangle, and beyond, this work group seeks to convene artists, activists, and scholars focused on creative, political, and intellectual practices of resistance and subversion that challenge and undermine the neocolonial systems and structures that enable these rhetorical, visual, and physical violences. In the face of such extreme brutality, we are interested in exploring practices that facilitate public dialogue and engagement with the current political and ecological landscapes through subversion and satirization, revealing and imagining new points of convergence, and encouraging alternative modes of visual and sensual perception and engagement. The work group will adopt a workshop approach to both artistic and scholarly materials through creative archive and bibliographic sharing as well as site-specific exploration. Artists, activists, and scholars engaging questions of resistance and social transformation through sound, visual practice, and performance and in relation to transnational migration and human rights are especially encouraged to apply.

Format and Structure:

Each session will be organized around three to four presentations of participants’ scholarly and creative work, followed by discussion. One or two sessions will also be spent exploring these themes and conversations in real time within the physical spaces of the city. Further details on the structure will be determined in tandem with the participant selection.

Languages spoken/understood by conveners:

English, Spanish, and Portuguese


Kaitlin M. Murphy is an assistant professor in Spanish and Portuguese and Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory at the University of Arizona. She is on the Executive Council of the New York University Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Murphy is also a committee member of the Hemispheric Studies Forum of the Modern Languages Association, a council member of the Visual Culture section of the Latin American Studies Association, and co-chair of the Memory and Trauma working group of the Memory Studies Association. She holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from NYU. Her book, Mapping Memory: Visuality, Affect, and Embodied Politics is forthcoming in Fall 2018.

Anita Huizar-Hernández is an assistant professor in Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona. She is affiliated faculty in Latin American Studies, Mexican American Studies, and Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature (Cultural Studies) from UCSD. Her book, Forging Arizona: A History of the Peralta Land Grant and Racial Identity in the West is forthcoming in Summer 2019.

Adela C. Licona is Associate Professor of English and Associate Chair of the Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Graduate Minor is affiliated faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies, Institute of the Environment, and Mexican American Studies. She is co-editor of Feminist Pedagogy: Looking Back to Move Forward (JHUP, 2009), author of Zines In Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric (SUNY, 2012), and co-editor of Precarious Rhetorics (OSUP, forthcoming). Licona is Editor Emeritus of Feminist Formations, and serves on the advisory/editorial boards for QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking, Feminist Formations, the Primavera Foundation, and Tucson Youth Poetry Slam / Spoken Futures.

Kency Cornejo is Assistant Professor of Latin American Art at the University of New Mexico. She has published on Central American art in the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies; Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies; Art and Documentation; FUSE Magazine; with chapters in Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, and Collective Situations: Readings in Contemporary Latin American Art 1995-2010. Currently, she is completing her first book on twenty-five years of art and decoloniality in Central America. Kency holds a doctorate from Duke University. Her work has been supported by the Fulbright, Ford, and Andy Warhol Foundations.


  • Bernadine Marie Hernández
  • Bonnie Cox
  • Elaine Peña
  • Francisco Galarte
  • Joanna Sanchez-Avila
  • Karen Secrist
  • Paula Kahn
  • Rodrigo Arenas-Carter
  • Rosa Claudia Lora Krstulovic
  • Shalon Webber-Heffernan
  • Shannon Bell
  • Szu-Han Ho
  • Tavia La Follette