Im/migration and Recovery in Southern Louisiana: Politics and Regulation of Place

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups:
Organizers: Simi Kang, Sarah Fouts
Chairs: Lorena Muñoz


Louisiana has always had a vexed relationship with migration; on the one hand, it has required the labor of a vast cross-section of global communities to survive and thrive as a settler-colonial region. On the other hand, policymakers have created legal, social, and political barriers to immigrant and refugee survival in the places they enrich. Tellingly, while Louisiana prides itself on its rich culture, its regulation of zoning, vending, and land and water borders overwhelmingly silences the communities who are used by policymakers and other state officials to make claims about diversity and equity. By interrogating the experiences and stories of migrant and immigrant communities in the material and rhetorical space within urban and rural Louisiana, we erupt and interrupt this erasure. Through our interlocutors, our work re-considers and re-maps the state and in conversation, produces a politics of place that elides the flattening work of persistent European and Settler-colonialist logics of place, resource, and community.


Type Details Minutes
Presenter Rosa Gomez-Herrin*, University of New Orleans, Emerging Barrios in New Orleans 20
Presenter Deniz Daser*, , Leveraging Labor in Building: Bodily Insecurities among Undocumented Honduran Migrants in New Orleans 20
Presenter Sarah Fouts*, Lehigh University, Tacos, Gumbo, and Work: The Politics of Food, Labor, and Immigration in New Orleans 20
Presenter Simi Kang*, University of Minnesota, Mandating Vulnerability: Coastal Restoration's Erasure of Southeast Asian Fisherfolk in Southeast Louisiana 20
Discussant Lorena Muñoz University of Minnesota 20

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