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248 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. The built environment along the U.S. -Mexico border has long been a hotbed of political and creative action. In this volume, the historically tense region and visually provocative margin&emdash; the southwestern United States and northern Mexico&emdash; take center stage. From the borderlands perspective, the symbolic importance and visual impact of border spaces resonate deeply. In Border Spaces, Katherine G. Morrissey, John-Michael H. Warner, and other essayists build on the insights of border dwellers, or fronterizos, and draw on two interrelated fields&emdash; border art history and border studies. The editors engage in a conversation on the physical landscape of the border and its representations through time, art, and architecture. The volume is divided into two linked sections&emdash; one on border histories of built environments and the second on border art histories. Each section begins with a "conversation" essay&emdash; co-authored by two leading interdisciplinary scholars in the relevant fields&emdash; that weaves together the book's thematic questions with the ideas and essays to follow. Border Spaces is prompted by art and grounded in an academy ready to consider the connections between art, land, and people in a binational region. Contributors Maribel Alvarez Geraldo Lujan Cadava Amelia Malagamba-Ansotegui Mary E. Mendoza Sarah J. Moore Katherine G. Morrissey Margaret Regan Rebecca M. Schreiber Ila N. Sheren Samuel Truett John-Michael H. Warner Katherine G. Morrissey is an associate professor of history at the University of Arizona. John-Michael H. Warner is an assistant professor of contemporary art history at Kent State University, where he teaches contemporary and American art, photography, and environmental art history. "These compelling essays create a visual history of the U.S. -Mexico border. There is no other study of its kind that as effectively gathers together histories of various types with a focus on representations of race and place."&emdash; Kate Bonansinga, author of Curating at the Edge: Artists Respond to the U.S. /Mexico Border "A dynamic and engaging read, offering new insights into cultural production in the borderlands. The combination of well-established and new voices is refreshing."&emdash; Gabriela Muñoz, Arizona Commission on the Arts (Key Words: Katherine G. Morrissey, International Relations, John-Michael H. Warner, Environmental History, Border Spaces, United States-Mexico Frontera, Geraldo Lujan Cadava, Maribel Alvarez, Amelia Malagamba-Ansotegui, Mary E. Mendoza, Sarah J. Moore, Margaret Regan, Rebecca M. Schreiber, Ila N. Sheren, Samuel Truett, Art History).
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