Category Archives: Field Studies Southwest

GUEST POST BY KATERINA IVANOV

  THIN PLACE   October 2020   by Katerina Ivanov     INTRODUCTION I spent the course of this adapted Field Studies program in my hometown in Florida, so naturally when I tried to write about borders and inequalities and violent spaces, I could only think about how they manifested in my life. I found […]

GUEST POET BY HANNAH REGO

  OF BORDERS AND THE POWER OF STORIES October 2020 by Hannah Rego   If you’re reading this you probably already know something. About “The Border,” I mean. You probably use the words colonialism, neocolonialism, systematic, oppression, state violence. Maybe you even say imperialism. Maybe you even say empire. The best thing you can do […]

GUEST POST BY LOGAN PHILLIPS

    SOWING SEEDS IN A SUMMER OF PLAGUE August 2020 by Logan Phillips     The quail calls and coyote yelps wake me. The summer dawn comes so early, and with it, this chorus of wild sounds near and far, around my tent. Work won’t start for another three hours, so I roll over […]

GUEST POST BY FRANCISCO CANTÚ

SOUTHWEST FIELD STUDIES 2020 In 1993, a woman from Sarajevo told American writer and intellectual Susan Sontag how she had dismissed, from the comfort of her own home, the imminent arrival of the Yugoslav Wars and the coming siege of her city. “In October 1991 I was here in my nice apartment in peaceful Sarajevo […]

GUEST POST BY MIRANDA TRIMMIER

      THE LIE OF THE BORDERLANDS  By Miranda Trimmier   The TARS blimp that floats above Fort Huachuca, Arizona looks cartoonish. It might be mimicking a friendly fish or beluga whale. It could be advertising used cars or trailing a wedding proposal. A brother blimp in Marfa is featured on Roadside Attractions, Your […]

GUEST POST BY LOGAN PHILLIPS

      HOW I MINED MARS by Logan Phillips   INTRODUCTION The land that is today called the US-Mexico borderlands has always been rich: in human cultures, in routes, in trades, in minerals. There are stories told of Spanish conquistadores finding silver ingots the size of two fists lying on the open ground in […]

GUEST POST BY KATERINA IVANOV

   I AM NOT A BORDER / NO SOY UNA FRONTERA (an excerpt from the Novena series) by Katerina Ivanov   I. Why does it rain apocalyptic in the desert? We drive to Patagonia at the end of the world: Logan, Miranda, and I. The sky gets cazuela black, black as fat carpenter ants. The […]

GUEST POST BY EMILIO CARRERO

          Searching for Work Emilio Carrero   The only security between me and Mexico was a metal detector machine manned by one guy. I’d made it down to Nogales with my friends to cross the border. I was surprised at how simple it was: I walked to the entry point, water […]

GUEST POST BY LEE ANNE GALLAWAY-MITCHELL

                   Refugium Lee Anne Gallaway-Mitchell   July 21, 2018 “Refugia can be defined as habitats or environmental factors that, coupled with morphological, life history, and behavioral attributes of animals, reduce the impacts of disturbance (Sedell et al., 1990; Lancaster and Belyea, 1997).”           […]

GUEST POST BY SOPHIA TERAZAWA

    from Cartographies of Insurrection (Letters at the Gate to Hell) Sophia Terazawa   July 2, 2018 Dearest Sunflower, Last night we saw the gate to hell and rows of children along the entrance of America. I thought about a conversation two nights ago with friends in Tucson. We spoke of Asian American mothers […]