LARC-Politics of Mobility in Southern Mexico
In the 1990’s, migrants began riding atop the railway cars of cargo trains as part of their journeys through Mexico to the United States. Over the years, many migrants have been injured or killed in train accidents and violent encounters with street gangs, drug cartels and state officials. Migrants have also encountered shelter, food, spiritual and other supports from diverse local and international actors who inhabit the railways.
In this lecture Victoria will present the findings of her field research into the cargo train popularly know as 'La Bestia' or 'The Beast That Devours Migrants’, as a means of stimulating new perspectives and conversations about the politics of mobility in southern Mexico and beyond.