Adrián Félix - Specters of Belonging: The Political Life Cycle of Mexican Migrants


Tuesday, March 26, 2019


4:00 pm


Taylor Hall 203-Auditorium

As the U.S. hardens its border with México, how do Mexican migrants make transnational claims of citizenship from the margins of both nation-states? Drawing on a wide array of sources—from political ethnographies of citizenship classes and transnational ethnography with cross-border migrant activists—Adrián Félix examines the political lives (and deaths) of Mexican migrants in Specters of Belonging. Tracing transnationalism across the different stages of the migrant political life cycle—beginning with the so-called political baptism of naturalization and ending with the necropolitical practice by which migrant bodes are repatriated to México for burial after death— Félix reveals the varied ways in which Mexican transnational subjects enunciate, enact and embody citizenship in the U.S. and México. As such, this study unearths how Mexican migrants’ specters of belonging perennially haunt the political projects of nationalism, citizenship and democracy on both sides of the border.

Adrián Félix researches the politics of migration, diaspora, transnationalism and citizenship. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

Presented by the Department of Political Science in collaboration with the Programs in Latin American & Latino/a Studies and International Studies.

Beth Mccormick

Political Science Department