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The Haitian Proletarian Wager: The Case of Asylum Seekers on the Tijuana Border (Baja California, Mexico) 

Ulises Villafuerte (Dalhousie University, Canada) 

The Mexico-US border functions as a material structure, an ideological superstructure, and a hegemonic field of contention, struggle and negotiation. As such, the border reflects an unstable balance of relationships between nation-states, socioeconomic regions, and trajectories of human mobility. Within the complexities that these relationships entail, I want to focus on the processes of working-class formation, particularly in the Haitian migration to Tijuana that began in mid-2016. The encounter of thousands of Haitian migrants and asylum seekers with the regimes of deportation, migration and border asylum was also the encounter with the dynamics of border exploitation, best characterized by the maquiladora industry. Within this process, it would be necessary to consider how the Haitian subjects forged their international projects of immigration through the American continent, the strength and history of the subaltern migratory wagers, and the transnational obligations that Haitians assume and reproduce. Thus, in this talk, I will address the processes through which a Haitian working class took shape on the border, considering how the integral Mexican state (political society and civil society) has administered in Tijuana the movement of various flows of asylum seekers. 

Seminar Programme

Autumn Term 2021
28 October 2021 (Inaugural session) 
11 November 2021  
25 November 2021  
9 December 2021 
Winter Term 2022  
3 February 2022  
17 February 2022  
3 March 2022  
17 March 2022 

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