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Sara McKinnon: Failing States: Transnational Imaginations of Violent México

3/14/17 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Sykes Common Room

Sara L. McKinnon, Associate Professor of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, talks about violence in México to understand their geopolitical stakes and material consequences. Since the mid-2000s U.S. discourse about México has consolidated around widely circulating images of the country as rampant with narco-violence, out-of-control sicarios and gangs, mass graves, brutal killings, and people on the move out of the country for safety elsewhere. Drawing on archival research and field work, Sara McKinnon takes up these contemporary US discourses of violence in México to question how violence is imagined, what is erased as violence, the material impacts of the discourse on daily life in the country, and what this image of the country does for US political-economic interests.

Free admission. Open to the public.