Transnational Indigenous Identities at the U.S.-Mexico Border

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
53rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, March 10-13, 2022

The long existing impacts of the U.S.-Mexico border on Indigenous communities have been devastating on those communities physically on the border and for various Indigenous peoples representing many North American and South American nations seeking safety.  Papers considering Indigenous transnationality at the border are welcome.  A variety of topics and approaches are welcome, such as analyzing texts that address border crossing(s), threats to Indigenous sacred areas, blocked access to sacred spaces and cultural practice, the effects of the Border Patrol on the cultural relationships with community members across the border, and the rhetoric of organizations like the Lipan Apache Women Defense, MMIWG2S awareness groups, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), and/or the International Organization for Self-Determination and Equality.


Please upload your abstract to the NeMLA portal.  Abstracts are due by September 30th, 2021, and notification will be sent before October 10th, 2021.  Please contact Meredith James at with any questions you may have.