2020 Norden Fund info session: Caitlin Blanchfield



Blanchfield presents “Persistent Surveillance,” an advocacy project that discusses surveillance infrastructure on the Tohono O’odham Nation within a history of settler colonialism and militarization in the borderlands. With the support of the Norden Fund, Blanchfield and Nina Kolowratnik, in collaboration with tribal elders, produced a Counter Environmental Assessment that documents and describes the impact that Integrated Fixed Surveillance towers currently being built by Customs and Border Protection—as well as the systems of border militarization they bring with them—will have on Tohono O’odham culture and daily life. Through mapping, spatial analysis, interviews, and oral histories, this research project challenges the ways environmental review processes understand terms like landscape and its relationship to people, land use, material and immaterial culture, sovereignty, and the environment itself.

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