Imagined Communities in a Global World: The U.S.-Mexico Borderland

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In our global world there are “contact zones” between nations, cultures and regions, contact zones that have become more complex with modern technology and transportation. Contemporary borders challenge the traditional notion of a nation-centered “imagined community”. And they challenge it not only in terms of political identity, but also in regard to the imagination and fictionalization of the real. The conflict between the national and the transnational, legal and illegal practices are more present than ever. In the imagined communities of our global world there is still a strong notion of a political and cultural center, and every subject that represents an exception to it is considered ambiguous, dangerous, condemned to the margins or exile. International art expositions and festivals reflect this situation. The event In Site, which has taken place since 1992 at Tijuana, in the U.S.-Mexico boderland is a good example of this. The different ways in which artists, writers and filmmakers represent this borderland is an occasion to reflect upon and challenge the notion of borders, transnational and cultural practices, and the “imagined communities” of globalization.

Keywords: Globalization and Borders, US-Mexico Boderland, In Site
Stream: Literary Arts Practices
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: , , , Travels and Borders in the Representation of the U.S.-Mexico Border

Dr. Victor Carreno

Professor, Facultad Experimental de Arte, Universidad del Zulia

I was born on 1968 in Venezuela. I received my M.A. at Columbia University, 1999. I received my Ph.D at Columbia University, 2004. My book La voz del resentimiento: lenguaje y violencia en Miguel de Unamuno (The Voice of Ressentment: Language and Violence in Miguel de Unamuno) (2006), was awarded the Monte Avila Editores prize for essay. I have published peer reviewed articles in different journals in Venezuela, Spain and the U.S. I am interested in the representation of exile and borders in the Latin American Literature and Arts.

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