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GENDER TALKS: Mel Y. Chen (Berkeley): Substantiating Recognitions (16.12.2014)

Date: Tuesday, 16.12.2014, 18.00 h

Venue: Lecture Room B, Campus at the University of Vienna/Court 2.8


In this talk, Mel Y. Chen asks anew about some signal aspects of the work of 19th century clinician Langdon Down, and their unpredictable, yet strangely robust reflexes in the present day. Along the way Profesor Chen considers multiple meanings of "alliance" (sexual, substantial, political) in relation to temporal-material crossings along complex lines of interchange between race and disability, with special focus on the role of disability scholarship in studies of materiality.

Biographical Notes

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 and Asian American studies, disability studies, science 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. In 2014, it won the Alan Bray Memorial Book Award, given by the GL/Q Caucus at the MLA.

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