The School of Transborder Studies has been involved in the planning of an academic conference (September 23-25) for the purpose of developing joint research, faculty and student exchanges, and institutional instructional programs with the University of Oxford, England.    This first joint academic conference:  “Transnational and Transborder Familiar and Gender Relations: Comparing the Influence of Blurred and Brittle Borders”, will be held at the University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall, England.  Dr. Carlos Vélez Ibánez, STS Regent’s Professor is the organizer for ASU and will also present his research.

This joint project was initiated by Dr. Vélez-Ibáñez and Dr. Maria Jaschok, Director of International Gender Studies Centre in 2013.  The International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall is an academic community of interdisciplinary scholars who conduct research in various areas which include forced migration and impact on family structure. They collaborated on the initial planning initiative  and possible conference themes which included addressing issues of gender, obesity, diets, notion of well-being, and discussion of geopolitical borders.  After several discussions and with support from the CLAS Dean’s office, the planning initiative and conference was formally organized.  The School of Transborder Studies in addition to Dr. Vélez-Ibáñez will be represented at this important international conference by Associate Professors, Drs. Francisco Lara-Valencia and Dr. Maria Luz Cruz Torres and Assistant Professors, Dr. Airin Martinez and Dr. Saskias Casanova.

Dr. Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez describes this international conference as “ the first planning meeting between our respective institutions to develop faculty research and student exchanges and to share our most recent research findings.”

Website for the International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, England  

Conference website here.