English Bio

Roxana Rodriguez’s research and writing focuses on Mexico-US border & border studies (from the political, economic, cultural and literary fields); gender studies (impact of economic activity on the border between gender power relations); philosophy of culture (multicultural, intercultural, cosmopolitan, complex dialogue, recognition of others, among other philosophical positions); philosophy of art; comparative literature, literature border; and critical theory.

In each of the three major projects of border studies that comprise her 15 years of research, Rodriguez emphasizes the necessity of deconstruct the pre-conceptions of border and the importance of rethink the otherness to realize the significance of the borders not only as a limit also as a condition of possibility for public policies that benefits the communities of both sides of the border (whatever this is).

Her first multi-year project led to the book called Alegoría de la frontera México-Estados Unidos: Análisis comparativo de dos literaturas colindantes (Eón, México, 2013). Her research emphasis the necessity of compares both sides of the border since a literary perspective to evidence the difference and similitude between communities that share the Mexico-US border.

Her second multi-year project led to the book called Cultura e identidad en la región fronteriza México-Estados Unidos: Inmediaciones entre la comunidad mexicoamericana y la comunidad fronteriza (Eón, México, 2013). Her thesis is that the establishment of cultural border communities implies a social and geopolitical transformation of the Mexico-US border, product of the political agency of the migrants as political subjects.

Her third multi-year project led to the unpublished research called Epistemología de la frontera. Modelos de sociedad y políticas públicas. This research reaffirm the necessity to rethink the concept of geopolitical border, specially the Mexico-US border, in the global and democratic theory, that in most cases is incompatible to the reality so its necessary to establish particular social models & public policies that benefits migrant communities.

Her forth project, The Limits of Hospitality in the Mexico-US border, Rodriguez deconstruct the concept of border from a political-ethical point of view based on the idea of universal hospitality (Kant, The Metaphysics of Morals) versus the unconditional hospitality law (Derrida, Of Hospitality). There are several versions of this text and a collective book named Hospitalidad y Ciudadanía. De Platón a Benhabib (2017).

In her last project applied the epistemological model of boundaries that developed in her third project to carry out comparative studies with other geopolitical borders (such as Schengen Area, Morocco-Spain, Morocco-Algeria and Israel-Palestine). The result of this investigation led to the book called Cartografía de las fronteras. Diario de campo (2016).

In addition of her philosophy teaching responsibilities at the Autonomous University of Mexico City (UACM), Rodriguez also founded the research group for Border Studies. She obtained her PhD in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and is member of the National System of Researchers (SNI-CONACYT).

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