Project Title:
The Midwestern Borderland: A Reading Group

Project Description:
Historians have long recognized the agricultural and industrial might of the Midwest, but few focus on its proximity to and reliance on an international border with Canada. On the other hand, scholars of the West and Southwest have explored the role America's international border with Mexico plays in determining social, political, and cultural trends in that region. Flagship universities in Texas, Arizona, California, and New Mexico all devote significant time and resources to questions of race and space along the U.S.-Mexican border. This reading group seeks to promote new modes of inquiry among emerging scholars of the Midwest by applying the insights of borderlands literature to a Midwestern context.

Organizers:
Ashley Johnson, Northwestern University
ashleyjohnson2013@u.northwestern.edu
Nicole Greer Golda, University of Michigan
ngreer@umich.edu