Global Queer Research Group: Sexual Politics in the Era of Transnationalism, Diasporas and Postcoloniality

I don’t Cross borders – the borders come to me and I dance with them

September 8th, 2012 · No Comments

I don’t Cross borders – the borders come to me and I dance with them

A poet, playwrite and refugee reflection on the borders of transition and justice

An inviation to YOU to learn about and join the wide range of networks and groups at the Liu Institue, including: Transitional Justice Network (TJN), Migration Network, Gloabl Queer Research Group (GQRG) and the Research Group on Gender and Sexuality in Latin America.

Thursday September 20, 2012

at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC ,


Ari Belathar is a Mexican poet and playwright in exile. Between 1994 and 2001, she facilitated creative writing and popular theatre workshops for indigenous women and children throughout Mexico. She was also a founding member of the first Mexican community radio station during the student strike at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1999. After being kidnapped and tortured by the Mexican National Army in 2001 due to her work as an independent journalist and human rights activist, she escaped to Canada.  Ari has published poetry in literary journals and anthologies around the world. In 2009, Belathar published her first collection of poetry in English The Cities I left Behind by Radish Press. She is currently working on a play, La Danza del Venando, regarding the stories, lives and deaths on the US/Mexican border
Ari’s provocative poetry will be followed by a facilitated discusison by invited guests involved in the theory and practice of art, politics and change: Dr. Juanita Sundberg (Geography, UBC), Reverend Kerri Mesner (PhD, candidate, co-founder of GQRG), Matt Eisenbrand (Canadian Centre for International Justice) and Dr. Pilar Riano-Alcala (School of Social Work, UBC)

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