MemberAlexander Meshcheryakov

Alexander Meshcheryakov is a Russian historian at the Astrakhan State University who studies the history of the border relations between China and Russia. He studies the processes of cross-border interactions, cultural hybridization and Frontier in the Far East. He pays special attention to the relations between Chinese and Russian ethnic groups during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His another topic of research, based on the archive documents is an early history of grape growing and winemaking in Imperial Russia, bioprospecting of Imperial Russia, as well as of the formation of the Russian border in the Caspian Region.

MemberRamya Swayamprakash

I am a grad student at Michigan State, interested in the U.S.-Canada borderlands, specifically the cities of Detroit and Windsor. I come to History from an interdisciplinary background in Journalism, Political Science, Science-Policy Studies and Urban Design. n 2016, I  completed a Master’s in Urban Design at Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, MI); as part of the program, I undertook a research thesis on the spatialization of the US-Canada border along the Detroit River. As the longest unmanned/non-militarized border in the world, the making of the US Canada border, especially over water is an under-researched area. Through my master’s thesis, I attempted to map the border making process and its relationship with island ownership. To me, borders become infrastructure through their making, performativity, behavior and as lived experience. In investigating the making of a border over water, I aimed to tease out longer historical movements of people, non-humans, trade, and politics. I am also interested in cities, urban spaces especially the politics of certain spaces. I am particularly interested in the fashioning of specific spaces, zoning (i.e. the act of drawing spaces along zones etc). I am therefore particularly drawn to mapping as an exercise and concomitantly cartography, especially during colonial times. The mapping of specific spaces, natural bodies like rivers thus also interests me greatly. I have long been interested in the politics of water, more specific institutional arrangements that aid the fashioning of water in particular ways. Thus the ‘water bureaucracy’ is of particular interest to me.

MemberGerman Pallares

German is a PhD Candidate at the Stuart Weitzman school of Design interested in the history of modern architecture in Latin America and the United States with a focus on cultural relations, borders and politics. His work is interdisciplinary, drawing on fields such as Border and Chicano Studies, Environmental History, and Urbanism, and explores Post-colonial and De-colonial concepts that refine understandings of territories, nations, and migration as they relate to architectural and urban conditions. German has taught History & Theory courses in Mexico and the U.S.