The Center for Borderlands Studies was created as an open access platform to archive movements of peoples across a variety of borders to and within the United States, cultural, geographic and metaphoric as seen through artistic, rhetorical and/or literary expressions. The Center for Borderlands Studies thus envisions connecting a broad sweep of historical and political timeframes to provide a better understanding of the artistic, rhetorical and literary implications and aftermaths of movements across nations’ borders, whether they be forced or voluntary. The Center for Borderlands Studies is a space to interrogate and explore intersections of culture with regard to power, privilege, and diversity. A connecting space for practices of art, history, policy and language, it includes creative and critical works as well as rhetorical practices that (re)shape the very constitution of nationality and identity.
The Center for Borderlands Studies brings together diverse and multicultural perspectives and contributors, a much needed augmentation of digital humanities. These contributors focus on and bring light to migrations stories of diverse and multicultural peoples, from a wide variety of perspectives not often communicated in more traditional sources, thereby giving a more complex picture of humanity in/with/of the borderlands of the United States. Also, the Center for Borderlands Studies brings to our attention the artistic, rhetorical, and literary impact of migrations. It thereby seeks to underscore that such movements are never merely about geographical or physical displacement but also include and are experienced through changing and emergent practices of art and language.