Hi everybody. Back from Guanajuato, Mexico. The qualitative research conference at the Escuela de Idiomas at the University of Guanajuato was not only excellent but among the first such conferences in Mexico. My colleague, U of Tx professor, Doug Foley and I, made a presentation on the politics of collaboration within ethnography. If anyone is interested, you may find this in Lincoln and Denzin's HANDBOOK OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH (third edition).
Guanajuato itself is such an incredibly beautiful city. It's an nestled within mountains with hilly, cobble stoned streets and terraced balconies that imbue this old colonial city with a romantic flare. Read up on Guanajuato here if you like.
Guanajuato itself is one of the primary sending states in terms of immigration to the U.S., a topic that weaved through severa conference presentations. One colleague at the U of Gto., David Sandell is looking in his research at the experience back home of losing family members who die in the process of migrating to the U.S. Unfortunately, far too many die attempting to cross the U.S.
Learned a lot. Good to be back home now. -Angela