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Roxana Rodriguez is the Autonomous University of Mexico City Professor of Philosophy and History of Ideas and founder of Border Studies Research Group. Born in Mexico and having studied in Barcelona, she is interested in the worldwide study of borders from a philosophical perspective. She is the author of five books, three of them about United States-Mexico frontier, in which developed the epistemological model of boundaries that allowed her to carry out comparative studies with other geopolitical borders at Schengen Space (EuropeanUnion), Morocco-Spain, Morocco-Algeria and Israel-Palestine. This investigation is titled Cartography of Boundaries. Field Diary (2016).


15. RE-IMAGING THE CONCEPT OF BORDER

The idea behind the configuration of such a model based on comparative studies lies in the possibility of isolating a formal aesthetics in the border narratives (taking into account the discourses as well as narratives on the social and literary subjects) bringing to the front the ‘social imaginary’ of people on both sides of the border. From a cultural point of view and its 1 relevant concepts (migration, minority, identity, representation, etc.), basing my research principally on power relationships (dominion and exclusion), other aspects of the relationship between borders subjects also come to light.

Rodríguez. R. “Re-imaging the concept of border”. In David Gallagher (comp..). Creoles, Diasporas and Cosmopolitianisms: The Creolization of Nations, Cultural Migrations, Global Languages and Literatures. California: Academica press, 2012, pp. 239-254. ISBN-13: 978-1936320-23-3.

DE-CONSTRUCTING THE BORDER: MATERNAL LANGUAGE INTERDICTION (AND IT IS LITERARY REPRESENTATION)

To do this research, first I will refer to what Jacques Derrida calls “maternal language interdiction”, when he questions his own tongue (French) according to his political reality (having been born in Algeria instead of France). Secondly, I will deconstruct the maternal language interdiction for the specific case of border literature, studying two representative stories of the border literature: “Mericans” by Sandra Cisneros and “Sabaditos en la noche” by Luis Humberto Crosthwaite.

https://roxanarodriguezortiz.com/2012/03/21/de-constructing-the-border-maternal-language-interdiction-and-it-is-literary-representation/

LES LIMITES DE L’HOSPITALITÉ À LA FRONTIÈRE ENTRE LE MEXIQUE ET LES ÉTATS-UNIS / REVUE DIOGÈNE

Ses recherches portent sur l’étude de la frontière mexicano-américaine, la philosophie de la culture, la philosophie de l’art, la littérature comparée, la littérature de la frontière et la théorie critique. Dans ses trois études sur la frontière, elle souligne la nécessité de déconstruire les idées toutes faites sur la frontière afin de la concevoir moins comme une limite que comme une condition pour mettre en place des politiques publiques qui bénéficient aux communautés des deux côtés de la frontière.

Rodríguez. R. “Les limites de l’hospitalité à la frontière entre le Mexique et les États-Unis”, en Diogène, France, Nº 246-247, Avril-Septembre 2014, pp. 62-75. ISSN:0419-1633.

The Limits of Hospitality in the Mexican-United States Border

This paper deconstructs the idea of universal hospitality (Kant, Perpetual Peace [1795] & The Metaphysics of Morals [1797]) from a political-ethical point of view, based on the unconditional hospitality law (Derrida, On Cosmopolitanism [1997] & Of Hospitality [1997]). It compares both proposals in order to establish a theoretic guide that could serve to understand an ontological and epistemological problem immersed in the discussion of the border, and even in the discussion of the modern nation: the citizen vs. the foreign, not only as subjects, (but also as part of the entitlement and political system).


BEYOND BORDERS AUTOINMUNE PRACTICES IN A STATE OF LAW

To deconstruct the euphemistical policies of certain autoimmune practices at the frontier zones which avoid in the name of sovereignty human mobility between two or more countries in European Union, I will use the metaphor of the triple suicide for three events: a) biopolitics as a symbolic and strategic double suicide; b) the state of law failure as trauma; c) the sovereign exception as the vicious cycle of repression.

Rodríguez. R. “Beyond Borders: Autoimmune Practices in a State of Law (an aporia).” Cooper y Tinning (eds.), Debating and Defining Borders. Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives.  New York: Routledge, volumen 1, 1ª edición, 20220, pp. 220-233. ISBN: 978-0-8153-5717-9.