Dis/color: Race and Disability


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  • Speaker: Mel Chen, Nirmala Erevelles, Jina Kim
  • Host Department: Institute for the Humanities
  • Date: 02/07/2013
  • Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM

  • Location: 202 S. Thayer, room 1022, Ann Arbor

  • INtegrating disability
  • Description:

    Thirty-minute presentations by each speaker (in the order below), followed by Q & A.

    • "Crippin' Jim Crow: Re-Imagining Community in Closed Spaces," Nirmala Erevelles, Social Foundations of Education, University of Alabama
    • "'People of the Apokalis':  Spatial Disability and the Bhopal Disaster," Jina Kim, English and Women's Studies, University of Michigan
    • "Toxic Inhumanisms and Questions of Race," Mel Chen, Gender and Women's Studies, U.C. Berkeley

    About the speakers:

    Nirmala Erevelles is professor of social and cultural studies in education at the University of Alabama. Her work lies at the intersections of disability studies, transnational feminism, the sociology of education, critical race studies, and multicultural education. Her recent book, Disability and Difference in Global Contexts: Towards a Transformative Body Politic was published by Palgrave in 2011.

    Jina Kim is a PhD candidate in the departments of English and women's studies at the University of Michigan.  Her research interests include contemporary multi-ethnic U.S. literatures and cultures, women of color critique, comparative ethnic studies, theories of disability, and performance.  Originally from Atlanta, GA, she received her BA from Agnes Scott College in Studio Art and English.  She is the recipient of the 2012 Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies.   

    Mel Y. Chen is associate professor of gender & women's studies at U.C. Berkeley and an affiliate of the Center for Race and Gender, the Science and Technology Studies Center, and the Institute for Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences. His research and teaching interests include queer and gender theory, animal studies, critical race theory, disability studies, and critical linguistics. In the Fall of 2009, Mel convened "Species Spectacles", a U.C. Humanities Research Institute Residential Research Group focused on animality, sexuality and race. Mel's short film, Local Grown Corn (2007), explores interweavings of immigration, childhood, illness and friendship; it has played in both Asian and queer film festivals. Mel's book, Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect, was released in July 2012 with Duke University Press in the Perverse Modernities series.

    This event is part of Integrating Disability: Cross-Sensory Translation, Bodies of Dis/color, and Neurodiversity, a year-long collaboration between the U-M Institute for the Humanities, National Center for Institutional Diversity, and the U-M Initiative on Disability Studies.

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