Annika Reketat and Mark Stein
This project seminar investigates hostile terrain, the deathly strip of land that divides Mexico from the US – tackling questions of border regimes; contingent belonging; agency; art, activism, and remembrance. It is a project seminar because its work directly feeds into an ongoing art project, relying on considerable engagement and commitment from seminar participants. A participatory art installation, ‘Hostile Terrain 94’ is organized by the Undocumented Migration Project, a non-profit research-art-education-media collective. The exhibition is composed of c. 3,200 handwritten toe-tags, filled out by teams of volunteers, each representing a refugee who’s died trying to cross the Sonora Desert between the mid-1990s and 2019. These geolocated tags are mounted on a large map of the Sonora Desert, pinpointing the exact locations where remains were found. This summer, WWU Münster and the English Department are hosting this installation which will take place simultaneously at different institutions across the globe from May 2020. Seminar participants read and write about the history and legacy of border deaths and their memorialisation while reflecting on border regimes in North America, Europe, or elsewhere, as sites and sights of cultural crises.
Due to the Corona pandemic, these dates may have to be adjusted. We will discuss this in the first session, on 21 April @16.15, on Zoom.
Note that after FIVE sessions (14.4. to 12.5.2020), this seminar will be conducted as a Blockseminar.
Block #1: Friday, 15.5.
Block #2: Friday, 19.6.