Doing Latinx Geographies in the Borderlands: Luchas, Corazón y Compromiso

Type: Lightning Paper
Sponsor Groups: Latinx Geographies Specialty Group, Black Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Embassy Room, Omni, East
Organizers: Madelaine Cahuas, Yolanda Valencia, Margaret Ramirez
Chairs: Madelaine Cahuas

Call for Submissions

If you would like to participate in our panel, please submit a 200 word (max) proposal sharing what you would like to discuss by Nov 7th to Madelaine Cahuas ( Magie Ramirez ( and Yolanda Valencia (


What does it mean to "do" Latinx geographies? Last year's 2018 AAG Latinx Geographies sessions opened up this critical question as Latinx scholars spoke of their unique struggles (luchas) negotiating their roles as community members, activists and researchers, working across harsh political terrains and intimate, everyday contexts that require intensive emotional labor, heart (corazón) and commitment (compromiso). We aim to build on this discussion by exploring the challenges and possibilities of "doing" Latinx geographies in the borderlands, which Gloria Anzaldúa theorizes expansively beyond the U.S.-Mexico border to anywhere social, cultural and psychic boundaries are produced, marking some as less human than others. We also recognize the borderlands as extending into urban space (Ramirez, forthcoming), rural landscapes, the Americas and as undergirded by, and interconnected with Black geographies (Cahuas, forthcoming).

Therefore, we are interested in having a generative, round table discussion that reflects on how Latinx and scholars of color incorporate notions of luchas, corazón y compromiso in their everyday praxis navigating the borderlands. We will ask panelists to reflect on the following questions using specific examples and stories:

1) What luchas do you face in your research and activism? (i.e. how do you negotiate your positionality and the challenges that come with doing community-based/community-engaged scholarship with racialized communities? In the university?)

2) How do you incorporate corazón y compromiso into your work (i.e. What methodological approaches and/or other strategies do you use to produce knowledge that disrupts dominant power hierarchies and that advances social justice and the wellbeing of Latinx and racialized communities?)

3) What lessons have you learned and what possibilities do you see for Latinx and racialized geographers and Latinx geographies?

We are especially excited to hear from scholars engaging with community-based or community-engaged scholarship, anti-colonial and decolonizing methodologies and methods, alternative knowledge systems, scholar-activism, relationship-building and solidarity across BIPOC social movements, spiritual-activism, queer of color critique, embodied theory, autoethnography, storytelling, self-reflexivity and testimonio.

The overarching goal of this session is to build community by reciprocally exchanging stories, strategies and lessons, and mutually fostering creativity and inspiration.


Cahuas, M.C. (Forthcoming) Engaging with Black and Latinx Geographies Together. Submitted to Environment & Planning D. In revision.

Ramírez, M.M. (Forthcoming) City as Borderland: Gentrification & the Policing of Black & Latinx geographies in Oakland. Submitted to Environment & Planning D. In revision.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Discussant Kimberly Miranda 5 1:10 PM
Discussant Edgar Sandoval University of Washington 5 1:15 PM
Discussant Melisa Arganaraz University of Maryland - Baltimore County 5 1:20 PM
Discussant Rafael Solórzano UCLA 5 1:25 PM
Discussant Yolanda Valencia University of Washington 5 1:30 PM
Discussant Margaret Ramirez Stanford University 5 1:35 PM
Discussant Alana De Hinojosa UCLA 5 1:40 PM
Discussant Lorena Muñoz University of Minnesota 5 1:45 PM

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