Call for Artists Transnational Struggles: Intersectionalities Across Borders 

Submission Deadlines December 27, 2016

San Diego City College LUXE Gallery, February 2017

Información en Español


Intersectionalities across borders: A dialogue between academia and activism on power relations and forms of resistance in their intersectional dynamics, i.e., recognizing the interaction between systems of social differentiation such as gender, class, racism and ethnicity in the definition of social subjects in border contexts. The binational conference is also a broad space for discussion of various border issues and in particular on the border region of Mexico and the United States.

Call for Artists

The U.S./Mexico border is an important reference point to populations living and interacting with one another on both sides of this international boundary. In an effort to explore the impact of the border on populations living both in the U.S. and Mexico as well as creating a space for understanding how fronterizo, or border dwelling populations, perceive and respond to these impacts, San Diego City College department of Chicanx Studies will be hosting a visual arts showcase as part of the annual Bi-National Border Conference which was held in November 2016. The art exhibit will showcase artists from both sides of the border and will take place at San Diego City College LUXE Gallery in February 2017 (dates coming soon). Art exhibit will be curated by Leticia Gomez-Franco.

We invite established and emerging artists to explore the theme of intersectionality in a border context. Artists are encouraged to consider how power relations and forms of resistance manifest at the border and the ways in which experiences of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, and socioeconomic status are connected to the border. What forms of struggles occur across borders as a result of these multifaceted forms of oppression?

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 27, 2016

The focus of the exhibit is centered on the US-Mexico border region but we will consider art that explores border issues in other parts of the world.

Literal, loose and/or symbolic interpretations welcome Interpretations could include but are not limited to:

  • Cultural Identity on the Border
  • Deportation
  • War on Drugs and the Border
  • Environmental Issues
  • Health & Human Rights
  • Housing
  • Human Trafficking
  • Migrant/Refugees – Central American/Haitian/Chinese
  • Indigenous Peoples & Struggles
  • Labor and Maquiladoras
  • NAFTA, CAFTA, TPP and Free-Trade Agreements
  • Politics and elections and their impact on the border
  • Racism, Sexism, Homophobia
  • The Wall
  • Struggles of Undocumented and/or UndocuQueer Peoples
  • Spirituality/Religion Across Borders


Please submit no more than 3 pieces of artwork that can be displayed as wall hangings only.
Works of art can weigh no more than 50 pounds. Works deemed excessively heavy, complex to install or too fragile may not be accepted. Please do not submit work that hangs from the ceiling or uses large bolts.

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The Journal of Transborder Studies

The Journal of Transborder Studies – Research and Practice is a forum and showcase for the latest academic and activism-based research in the field of Border Studies as it pertains to the U.S. – Mexico border region. The journal is the offspring of the Binational Border Conference on Border Issues a cross-border academic conference held annually in San Diego, California and Tijuana, Baja California.

6th Binational Conference on Border Issues


San Diego City College
Thursday, November 17th, 2016
1046 16th Street, San Diego, CA, 92101
Building MS
Room MS 162
8:00 am – 4:30 pm


The College of the Northern Border
Friday November 18th, 2016

Km 18.5 carretera escénica Tijuana – Ensenada
San Antonio del Mar Tijuana, Baja California
México, C.P. 22560
9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Autonomous University of Baja California
Friday November 18th, 2016

Escuela de Humanidades
Calzada Tecnológico s/n
Tijuana, Mexico
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Keynote Speakers in San Diego: Caravana against the Repression in Mexico

Thursday Nov 17, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm San Diego City College Room MS 162

Eight activist women from Mexico travel throughout the U.S. to expose violence in Mexico and the social efforts to recover a country whose mafia-like government is strongly supported by U.S. politicians.

For more information about la caravana contra la represión en México visit:

For more information about these speakers visit:

Cristina Bautista Salvador – Assembly of mothers and fathers of the 43 students disappeared from Ayotzinapa. Mother of Benjamin Ausencio Bautista, one of the 43 missing students.

Joaquina García Velázquez– Assembly of mothers and fathers of the 43 students disappeared from Ayotzinapa. Mother of Martin Getsemaní Sánchez, one of the 43 missing students.

Lucía Gutiérrez Nicolás – Committee of Victims of the Repression in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca on June 19th 2016; a community savagely attacked by federal forces on June 19th, 2016.

Bertha Alicia Garcia Ruiz – Committee of Return Our Daughters Home of Ciudad Juarez. Mother of Brenda Berenice Castillo Garcia who was kidnapped and murdered when she was only 17 years old.

Alicia Bustamante Perez – Ñatho-Otomi Nation from Xochicuautla from the State of Mexico. She has dedicated the past two years fighting vigorously in defense of her ancestral land against the so called “mega-projects.”

Odadelmis Hermelinda Leyva Villafane – National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE). Representative of CNTE and of the Teachers´ union local 9 in Mexico City fighting for the public education in Mexico.

Maria del Carmen Mata Lopez – Alliance of National, State, and Municipal Organizations for Social Justice; San Quintín, Baja California Maria comes from a family of agricultural workers. She started working in the fields in the northern state of Sinaloa at the age of 9.

Miriam Hernandez Neri – Family member of a political prisoner from the State Estado de Mexico Teachers Collective Against the Education Reform (MMCRE-CNTE in Spanish). Miriam is a teacher and sister to Oscar Hernandez Neri, also a teacher who was imprisoned for defending public education and human rights in the state of Estado de Mexico.


Selected works will be invited to submit their manuscript in the Journal of Transborder Studies: Research and Practice