Panel discussion about militarizing borders and its impact to take place at CSUSB
Office of Strategic Communication
The panel discussion, “Living Under Complex Trauma: On Borders, Violence, and Militarism,” with Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei, a well-known Palestinian psychiatrist and director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programs, and Liliana Conlisk-Gallegos, professor of communication studies, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Education building, room 105 at 6 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking at CSUSB is $6.
Abu Jamei and Conlisk-Gallegos will talk about militarizing borders and its impact in the cases of Gaza and the Mexican borders. Both will draw parallels from the two borders focusing on trauma, especially among children.
Conlisk-Gallegos will also talk about rarely discussed forms of invisible racist violence, which usually take place at the U.S.-Mexico borders regardless of people’s legal status, and will share her personal experience crossing the borders most of her life.
Conlisk-Gallegos is from the Tijuana-San Diego border region in Southern California. She identifies as transfronteriza (transborderite), a sector of society who perpetually crosses borders. The transfronterizo identity is laced by a different form of trauma, one that comes from repeated acts of dehumanization spread across generationally. Her experience living on the border inspired her specialization in the decolonization of current academic perceptions of knowledge.
Through her experimentation with “live” research in both content and format, she has designed projects involving multimedia production to curate interactive research performances for community healing. One of such performances is “The Art of Dreaming” workshop, which showcases data in the form of art made by students and community members around the topic of being undocumented and the complex interplay between forms of trauma, resistance and survival. Data is collected for a digital archive while the art pieces are auctioned off to fundraise for an emergency scholarship for undocumented students at CSUSB.
Abu Jamei is a general psychiatrist, a child psychiatrist and a researcher with a master’s in neuroscience from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Abu Jamei has been with the Gaza Community Mental Health Programs (GCMHP) since 2004, where he has taken on different supervisory, clinical and research roles. He assumed the leadership of the institution in 2014 and continues to serve as the general director overseeing the general operations of the program in providing world-class mental health care with the limited resources available.
GCMHP is the largest free-standing NGO serving the mental health needs of the population in Gaza, offering multiple programs including outreach to stranded communities isolated by war and poverty. Abu Jamei will be an invited speaker at the American Public Health Association Annual conference in San Diego this month.
“Living Under Complex Trauma: On Borders, Violence, and Militarism” is presented by the Center for Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, the University Diversity Committee, the Department of Communication Studies, and the Center for International Studies & Programs.
For more information regarding this event, contact Ahlam Muhtaseb, professor of communication studies, at AMuhtase@csusb.edu.