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Mel Chen (UC Berkeley) | "Developmental" Politics and the Timing of Race and Disability

Mel Chen (UC Berkeley) | "Developmental" Politics and the Timing of Race and Disability

ASE Commons

  • Date:
    Wednesday, April 23, 2014
  • Time:
    12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Campus:
    University Park Campus
  • Venue:
    Kaprelian Hall (KAP)
  • Room:
    445
  • Cost:
    Free

Description:

Speaker: Mel Chen (UC Berkeley)

This talk examines the commingling of temporalities of transnational scales of 'development' with local, condensed mappings of race and ability, with attention to developmental/social diagnostics of “abnormality.” My talk will focus on recent Asian American inheritances of such comminglings, as evidenced in popular culture sites as well as memoir.

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.

Mel's 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. 

Co-sponsored: ASE Race-ing Queer Studies Research Cluster