Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez: Child-Citizen Subjects: From Dora the Explorer to Dream Activists

Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 7
4 pm
Comm 120

Amer­i­can Stud­ies, Uni­ver­sity of Texas, Austin

The Latino/a child cit­i­zen sub­ject has become the focal point for all sorts of dis­courses about cit­i­zen­ship, be they the fig­ure of the Anchor Baby, Dora the Explorer as a poten­tial ille­gal immi­grant, the Dream Activists of Free­dom Uni­ver­sity, or a newly emerg­ing unpro­tected group, unac­com­pa­nied migrant chil­dren fac­ing depor­ta­tion pro­ceed­ings. In this talk, I demon­strate the ways in which race, immi­gra­tion sta­tus, social mobil­ity, skin color, social class and gen­der deter­mine whether or not a child is in fact deemed wor­thy of cit­i­zen­ship, wor­thy of being saved, and wor­thy of being incor­po­rated into the nation. Larger media trends have made such Latinas/o child-citizen sub­jects increas­ingly vis­i­ble in the last fif­teen years as the U.S.-Mexico bor­der is more mil­i­ta­rized than ever.

Nicole Guidotti– Hernán­dez is Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Amer­i­can Stud­ies and Asso­ciate Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Mex­i­can Amer­i­can Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas. Her book Unspeak­able Vio­lence: Remap­ping U.S. and Mex­i­can National Imag­i­nar­ies was pub­lished by Duke Uni­ver­sity Press in 2011. She is cur­rently work­ing on two new books: ¡Santa Lucia! Con­tem­po­rary Chi­cana and Latina Cul­tural Rein­ter­pre­ta­tions of Saint Icono­gra­phies and Red Dev­ils and Rail­roads: Race, Gen­der and Cap­i­tal­ism in the Transna­tional Nine­teenth Cen­tury Mex­ico Borderlands.

Pre­sented as part of B/ordering Vio­lence: Bound­aries, Gen­der, Indi­gene­ity in the Amer­i­cas, a John E. Sawyer Sem­i­nar in Com­par­a­tive Cul­tures gen­er­ously funded by the Andrew W. Mel­lon Foun­da­tion and co-sponsored by the Latin Amer­i­can & Caribbean Stud­ies pro­gram, the Jack­son School of Inter­na­tional Stud­ies, the Simp­son Cen­ter for the Human­i­ties, and the Insti­tute for the Study of Eth­nic­ity, Race, & Sex­u­al­ity (WISER). For more on the B/ordering Vio­lence Sem­i­nar Series, visit

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