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Conferences and Workshops

USMEX continues to have a strong tradition of promoting original and policy-relevant research through conferences and workshops. Led by faculty experts at GPS and across campus, while often drawing on insights from outside scholars and practitioners, these activities also enrich classroom learning.

Upcoming Events

"Housing Across Borders: Mexican and U.S. Housing in Perspective"
May 26, 2017 | More information (PDF)
The aim of this conference to discuss housing in Mexico and the U.S. together: looking for connections, identifying elements for comparison, and exploring common processes shaping housing—broadly construed—on both sides of the border. Through this conversation we hope to extract lessons as a provocation that can lead us to testing our ideas about what housing and city mean. Guest speakers include: Dr. Paavo Monkkonen, Dr. Noelle Stout, and Dr. Peter M. Ward.

Featured Past Events

"Free Trade in the Age of Trump"
March 30, 2017 | Slideshow
This workshop will provide an opportunity to critically evaluate the distribution of the pressures that globalization and free trade have placed on particular groups or industries in North America and analyze the ways in which U.S. policymakers can approach future structural adjustments to limit and more equitably distribute these pressures across society.

"Circulation, Transfer and Adaptation of Knowledge, Norms and Techniques in Environmental History between Europe and the Americas"
Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies Workshop
April 15, 2016 | Agenda (PDF)
This workshop discussed the internationalization of environmental knowledge, focusing on the creation, transmission, circulation and adaptation of expertise, norms, experience and technological innovations in Europe and Mexico and the Americas between the 17th and 20th centuries.

“Nahuatl Across Borders” (“El Nahuatl Cruzando Fronteras”)
April 4, 2015 | Slideshow
A colloquium on the Nahuatl language and cultural revitalization in Mexico and the U.S., with participation from American and Mexican scholars, educators, activists and community organizers.

"Citizenship, Security & Human Rights in Mexico and Central America"
Jan. 15 – Jan. 16, 2015
In this two-day conference, we examined the consequences of insecurity, as well as citizen and policymaker reaction to violence.

International Diaspora Engagement Alliance – Diaspora Tour
Oct. 13, 2014 | Slideshow
Part of a series of events hosted by the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance, UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla joined USMEX for this daylong conference aimed to highlight the role of diaspora communities, and to engage with them in collaborative efforts with the private sector, civil society and public institutions.

"Libertad Bajo Palabra: Censorship, Satire and the Press in Mexico"
May 1, 2014 | Slideshow
This daylong conference brought together papers that will enrich our understanding of both the past and the present of Mexican journalism, from the experience of the PRI regime to the process of democratization and the contemporary specter of narcoviolence.

"A Reporter's Journey through Mexico's Drug War"
April 30, 2014
Speaker: Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief, Dallas Morning News and author of "Midnight in Mexico"
Alfredo Corchado is a noted expert on immigration, drug violence and foreign policy between the United States and Mexico. Corchado presented the keynote address to the May 1 conference "Libertad Bajo Palabra: Censorship, Satire and the Press in Mexico."

Territoriality, Conflict & the Polis in New Spain: The Creation of Colonial Communities after the Great Death
Jan. 23, 2014
This conference studied the massive relocation of indigenous populations by the Spanish crown at the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries, generally known as the reducciones or congregaciones de Indios in the Americas. We brought together a multidisciplinary group of archaeologists, historians, art historians, demographers and political scientists.

New Perspectives on Corruption in Mexico
May 16 - 17, 2013
This two-day symposium on "Transparency, Democracy, and Reform: New Perspectives on Corruption in Mexico" brought together scholars working on different aspects of corruption to provide valuable new perspectives on both the history and implications of PRI and PAN-era venality in the 20th and 21st centuries.

USMEX Associates Conference
April 25 - 26, 2013
A two-day conference that promoted discussion and dissemination of some of the most promising new scholarship on Mexico. In addition, a roundtable discussion focused on the recent comparisons in the general media and policy debates between Mexico and China.

Crime and Justice in Mexico
May 26 - 27, 2011
One of the major challenges facing Mexico today is the construction of efficient and reliable judicial institutions that are also respectful of laws and individual rights. This two-day workshop sought to address these concerns while bringing works from different disciplines and approaches together in addition to accounting for statements and experiences in the administration of justice.

Space and Place in Latin American History
May 20, 2011
Historians of Latin America are increasingly turning to questions of space to understand how localities, regions and territories have been transformed under different circumstances and in different periods of time. The workshop provided a dialogue for spatial historians of Latin America who are working on diverse topics using different methods.

Mexican Independence between the Pacific and the Atlantic
April 1, 2011
In 2010, Mexico celebrated the Bicentennial of its independence and at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) meeting in Toronto that year, a lively discussion amongst scholars took place on the nature of Mexican and Latin American Independence and the Atlantic. This workshop built upon that theme of Mexican Independence and its legacies, between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.