The Border Wall and Beyond: Political and Geopolitical Implications

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group, Latin America Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Studio 9, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Margaret Wilder, Valente Soto-Cortes, Wendy Jepson
Chairs: Margaret Wilder


The discourse surrounding Donald Trump’s intention to build a wall across the United States’ entire southern border with Mexico has converged in real time and overlapped in space with the reversal of the executive order protecting the rights of undocumented young people, a possible retrenchment of U.S. participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement, and growing concerns about a wall’s potential impacts on the fragile yet biodiverse environment of the border. The border—as both a significant biophysical and discursive space—is being disordered and re-ordered in ways that have profound social, political, geopolitical, and environmental implications for the U.S., Mexico, and beyond.

What are the political and social implications of Trump’s proposed border wall and reversal of DACA protections for undocumented migrants and refugees? For violence against migrants and marginalization of migrant communities? From a geopolitical standpoint, what do these acts of militarizing the border and curtailing the rights of a heretofore protected class of migrants mean for broader relations with Mexico, Latin America, and the rest of the world? For those who seek to engage in resistance, what strategies may most effectively challenge these new realities?

In a series of two panels, a group of scholars will work discuss the political implications and the interactive environmental implications of what we call here ‘the border wall and beyond.’ Each participant will provide short comments based on their expertise and research, followed by questions and answers and substantial interaction with people in the room.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Mathew Coleman Ohio State University 15
Panelist Margath Walker University of Louisville 15
Panelist Reece Jones University of Hawaii at Manoa 15
Panelist Stefano Bloch University of Arizona - Geography & Development 15
Panelist Matthew Longo Leiden University 15

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