On November 17, 2018, colleagues, former students, family, and friends of Robert R. Alvarez attended the two-panel session at the AAA Annual Meeting that was organized by Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez and was chaired by Maria Luz Cruz Torres and Patricia Zavella. The session honored the extraordinary works that have defined our studies of the Mexico-US transborder region.
Silence chose me
I didn’t choose silence
silence immobilized me
The difference between a poem and an ethnographic poem is fieldwork. My ethnographic poems are written based on my field data, and sometimes as part of my field methods: they are attentive to the qualia of social life and the complexities of human experience as encountered in fieldwork.
Anthropology was a revelation. When I was an undergraduate at Stockholm University, Sweden, my world tumbled as I learned about the range of human diversity. After two weeks in the introductory course, I was hooked, and still am.