LATIN AMERICAN ISSUES Lecture Series


Professors and graduate students from the University of Calgary’s Latin American Research Centre (LARC) explore various aspects of Latin American history and current issues in this series of monthly lectures co-sponsored by CALL and LARC. Each one-hour lecture is followed by a half hour for questions and discussion.

Monthly, September to April, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., 
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Fall 2017/Winter-spring 2018: Tuesdays, September 12, October 10, November 14; January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10.

All are welcome. (CALL membership is not required.) No fee and no registration.

Facilitated by Mary Lou Kerr. Please contact  program1@calgarylifelonglearners.ca for more information.

September 12, 2017

Victoria Simmons

The Politics of Mobility in Southern Mexico

Victoria Simmons is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at Carleton University in Ottawa. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation, which offers an historical account of migration on the railways of southern Mexico. Victoria has authored and co-authored publications on gender and migration in Latin America. She holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (U.N.A.M.) and a B.A. in Development Studies from the University of Calgary.

In the 1990’s, migrants began riding atop the railway cars of cargo trains as part of their journeys through Mexico to the United States.  Over the years, many migrants have been injured or killed in train accidents and violent encounters with street gangs, drug cartels and state officials.  Migrants have also encountered shelter, food, spiritual and other supports from diverse local and international actors who inhabit the railways.  

In this lecture Victoria will present the findings of her field research into the cargo train popularly know as 'La Bestia' or 'The Beast That Devours Migrants’, as a means of stimulating new perspectives and conversations about the politics of mobility in southern Mexico and beyond. 


*Photo “Presencia de América Latina”, ubicado en la Casa del Arte, Universidad de Concepción, Fotografía tomada por Farisori; Autor del mural: Jorge González Camarena, mexicano; Propiedad de la Universidad de Concepción, Chile

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