Call for Abstracts
Binational Conference: Ethics, Politics and Migration at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Ciudad Juárez, México and El Paso, Texas
Dates: May 15-17, 2019
Locations: Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (UACJ) and the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP)
Languages: Spanish, English and Portuguese
Confirmed Speakers: Eduardo Mendieta (Penn State), Melissa W. Wright (Penn State) Tony Payan (UACJ), Amy Reed-Sandoval (UTEP)
Sponsors: Doctoral Program in Philosophy (UACJ) Master Program in Social Work Program (UACJ), Department of Philosophy (UTEP)
The unequal and exclusionary processes of globalization that began decades ago have had devastating effects on a high percentage of the world’s population, many of whom have been compelled to migrate in search of enhanced security and life opportunities. In a clear double standard, we have witnessed “open borders” for capital as state borders have contributed to migratory crises such as those experienced in Europe in recent years, as well as those of Latin America and the United States.
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas flank the U.S.-Mexico border and constitute the largest binational zone in the world, making this a natural setting in which to hold this conference on ethics, politics and migration. This conference seeks to initiate a “North-South Dialogue” on immigration justice while centering both Latin American philosophy and Latin American perspectives on the ethics of borders. Our aim is to highlight feature the perspectives of academics, immigrant rights activists and migrants on a range of ethical challenges.
To increase our impact, a conference blog will be generated to highlight key elements of all the conference presentations. In addition, all conference papers will be considered for inclusion in a volume dedicated to the conference them which will be edited by Luis Rubén Díaz Cepeda and Amy Reed-Sandoval.
Possible topics for abstracts and papers include (but are not limited to):
· The ethics of immigrant admissions to Global South countries, including (but not limited to) Mexico and other Latin American countries
· The obligations of the Mexican state toward Central American migrants in its territory
· Methodological Nationalism (and its possible limitations)
· The rights of undocumented migrants
· The relationship between race, gender, class and immigration justice
· Decolonial perspectives on immigration ethics
· Ethical challenges presented by the border wall dividing the United States and Mexico (as well as other state border walls and barriers)
· Family separations, and the particular rights of child migrants
· The relationship between Latin American philosophy and immigration justice
· New directions for north-south dialogue on immigration justice
· The ethical obligations of non-state actors with regard to immigration justice
Submission of Abstracts
Send abstracts (400 words max.) prepared for anonymous review to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please also include a separate word document that lists the following: author name, title, academic or organizational affiliation, and state or country of current residence.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 15th, 2019
Notification of acceptance: March 31st, 2019
Conference: May 15th-17th, 2019
Costs of participation:
500 pesos Mexican nationals
50 USD foreign nationals
Exemption for professors and students of UACJ and UTEP
For further information, contact Luis Rubén Díaz Cepeda and Elsa Patricia Hernández Conference Organizers at: email@example.com) or visit