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Transversing Borders

Albuquerque, NM
March 30 & 31, 2020

The first annual Four Corners Graduate Conference theme aims to facilitate, deepen, and showcase the conversation about Transversing Borders in the field of communication (we also welcome other disciplines outside of the communication field). As four corners share the state borders and closely located within the tensions of inter/national borders, the conference centers our discussions about identity, cultural, and political formations within/without/across/above/below borders:

  • Paradigmatic engagements: Interpretive/post-positive, social science, critical theory
  • Identity and culture
  • Immigration and diaspora
  • Four corners (state/national borderlines)
  • Hegemony and whiteness
  • Intersectionality (race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc.)
  • Out-of-bounds, LGBTQ identity formation
  • Local, national, international, and transnational context of communication
  • Inter/cross-cultural, national and inter/trasnational borders
  • Border health, equity, and equality
  • Imagined borders and materiality
  • Community engagement
  • Cutting edge of the borders: Journalism and media
  • Academic borders: Theory and praxis, pedagogy, and mentoring
  • Space, time, and subjectivity​
  • Any topics in the communication field that do not necessarily center the theme of the conference and submissions from other disciplines outside of the communication field are also welcome. 

With the theme of Transversing Borders, we encourage scholars to address key questions such as:

  • How do we define borders?
  • How do bodies cross borders?
  • How do borders appear in our life?
  • How do physiological/psychological boundaries exist within a particular society?
  • How do borders connect and/or disconnect us?
  • What are the relationships between borders and identities/cultures?
  • How does border studies move forward and further interrogate communication discipline?