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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Melissa Autumn White "Ambivalent Belongings"

Quadrant visiting scholar Melissa Autumn White hosts two workshop and lunches to discuss material for upcoming book "Ambivalent Belongings: Regarding Queer (Im)Mobilities in an Age of Global Apartheid." The workshops will take place on Friday November 30th from 3:30-5:00pm in 445 Blegen Hall and Monday December 3rd 12-1:30pm in 260 Social Science.

Faculty and graduate students are invited for a workshop and lunch with Quadrant visiting scholar Melissa Autumn White, assistant professor of gender and women's studies at the University of British Columbia. Professor White will be here to share and discuss material from her book-in-progress, "Ambivalent Belongings: Regarding Queer (Im)Mobilities in an Age of Global Apartheid." Here is the schedule for her public lecture and workshop /lunch:
Friday, November 30, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm, 445 Blegen Hall: Public Lecture
Monday, December 3, 12-1:30, Social Sci 260, lunch and workshop on the chapter, "Desiring the State's Desire": Ambivalent Homonationalisms and Territorialized Belongings
(RSVP to sign up, please)
Lecture Description:
"Documenting the Undocumented: Queer/No Borders/Migrant Strategies of Resistance and Transformation"
This talk explores the ways that contemporary queer and migrant justice networks in Canada and the United States are organizing around documenting the undocumented/undocumentable. Drawing on recent representations of such organizing--including media accounts of Toronto-based efforts to stay the deportation of illegalized queer artist Alvaro Orozco ("Let Alvaro Stay," 2011) and the social media tactics of the U.S.-based Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP)--this talk engages contemporary queer "no borders" tactics and affects, and particularly the ways in which the content and form of activism colludes with and/or evades state tendencies of thought. How/are such networks rethinking/re-enacting the very notions of "queer," "migrant," "the state," and "status" in relation to modes of recognition and address, and with what (affective) implications?
This Quadrant talk is given as part of the Geography Coffee Hour. Cookies and coffee available at 3:15 p.m.; the talk begins at 3:30.
Click here for a complete PDF on Melissa Autumn White's accomplishments, CV.pdf