“Reforming Immigration, Re-Forming Place and Race: Latin America, the American South, New Connections”

The 12th Annual Latin American and Latino Studies Heritage Lecture, October 2, 2013.
When Oct 02, 2013
from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM
Where Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
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Dr. Jamie Winders, Associate Professor of Geography in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, will deliver the 12th Annual Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Heritage Lecture on October 2, 2013. The talk “Reforming Immigration, Re-Forming Place and Race: Latin America, the American South, New
Connections,” takes place 4:30-5:30pm in Elaine Chao Auditorium of Ekstrom Library.

About the Talk

Since the 1990s, immigration from Latin America has profoundly changed portions of the U.S. South. In rural, urban, and suburban locations across the region, Latino men and women have settled in growing numbers, establishing themselves in neighborhoods, workplaces, and community institutions from churches to public schools. In the process, they have reconfigured key understandings of race, place, and social belonging in a part of the U.S. long associated with a black-white racial binary and rarely linked to international migration.

Some of the most significant transformations associated with immigrant settlement in the South, however, have been in public reception. Most recently, following the 2012 presidential elections, immigration reform has re-surfaced on the national agenda, creating new coalitions across political divides but raising new questions about the politics of immigration, especially in the South.

This presentation will examine these dual forces of national efforts at reforming immigration policy and regional and local instances of reforming the meanings of race and place through immigration. Focusing on both new and historic connections between the U.S. South and Latin America, it will reflect on how Latino men and women are coming to understand and find their place in southern landscapes and social terrains, as the wider context of immigrant reception changes across the country and parts of the South again become “ground zero” in the nation’s immigration debates.

About Professor Winders

Jamie Winders is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.  Her research focuses on international migration, racial formations, urban transformation, and cultural belonging, especially in the context of new immigrant destinations. She is the author of Nashville in the New Millennium: Immigrant Settlement, Urban Transformation, and Social Belonging (2013, Russell Sage). Her work spans geography, sociology, migration studies, southern studies, and other fields. She has been published in venues including Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Latino Studies, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and Antipode and is an associate editor at International Migration Review.

Co-Sponsors of the talk include the Department of Geography and Geosciences; The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research; The Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Program; and Latin American and Latino Studies.