Geological Lecture Hall
24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Lectures & Conferences, University
The idea of building a wall on the U.S./Mexico border serves as a potent symbol across the political spectrum—a means of assuaging social and economic anxieties by placing them onto a remote frontier. Ieva Jusionyte will consider how an anthropological analysis of the state, borders, and security can help people understand the meaning and impact of such a wall. Drawing on ethnographic research with emergency responders who rescue those injured in government actions against drugs and unauthorized migration, she will discuss how deploying “tactical infrastructure” (of which the wall is but one piece) changes everyday life on both sides of the border.