Thursday, February 7
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 www.borderingviolence.com