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Lirio Gutiérrez Rivera LAL Greenleaf Library Fellow Work in Progress Talk

Uptown Campus
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
4th floor, LAL Seminar Room

Featuring Lirio Gutiérrez Rivera

Please join us for a work-in progress talk by

2018-2019 Richard E Greenleaf fellow


Lirio Gutiérrez Rivera


Global Entanglements in the Production of Violence and the Migration of Hondurans


Monday, May 20, 2019 at 3pm


The Latin American Library

LAL Seminar Room

4th floor Howard-Tilton Memorial Library


The talk will be in English

Refreshments to follow




Lirio Gutiérrez Rivera (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Medellín)

Project: Global Entanglements in the Production of Violence and the Migration of Hondurans

Abstract: Honduran migration to the U.S. is not new. My research at The Latin American Library and conversations with members of the Honduran communities in New Orleans confirm the changing patterns of Honduran migration in the past decades.  In recent years, violence combined with lack of economic opportunities appear to be the main reasons for leaving.  Most studies tend to understand violence, crime, and inequality within regional or local processes as a consequence of state weakness, or a combination of both.  I claim that Hondurans’ reasons for leaving their country are entangled with global processes. In this talk, I explore U.S.-Central America relations (in particular the ‘war on drugs’), the global agenda on migration control, and its connections to contemporary Honduran migration.  These global processes contribute to reproducing violence, crime, and inequality in the region and the country, leaving many low-income Hondurans with no option but to leave the country.

Brief Bio: Lirio Gutiérrez Rivera is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She studied Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin and Anthropology at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Her research investigates urban violence, contemporary prisons, youth gangs, social mobility, and state responses to crime and violence in Latin America, particularly Honduras and Colombia. She is currently working on two research projects: the first explores gender and urban planning in Medellín, Colombia; the second is based on her work as an expert witness for Central Americans seeking asylum in the U.S.  The latter explores the connections between different forms of violence experienced by women and contemporary migration in Central America. Her book, Territories of Violence: State, Marginal Youth, and Public Security, was published in 2013 with Palgrave.



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