Jan. 21 at 4pm,
Liu Institute (Multipurpose Room)
Dr. Mel Y. Chen, UC Berkeley
Dr. Mel Y. Chen is Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at U.C. Berkeley and is affiliated with the Center for Race and Gender, the Institute for Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences, and the Science, Technology, and Society Center as well as the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society’s LGBTQ and Disability Studies Clusters. Mel’s earlier work explored the gendered, racialized, and nationalist politics of silence in language theories in order to consider the stakes and workings of linguistic reclamation. Recent publications in Discourse, GLQ, Women in Performance, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Amerasia (forthcoming) examine the 2007 lead toys panic, the complex intimacies of toxins and their hosts, the gendered ramifications of animal representation in cinema, and the interaction between disability and racialized valences of “silence” within political protest. In Fall 2012, Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect, was published with Duke University Press in the Perverse Modernities Series. Mel’s new project is a multi-sited investigation of toxicity with regard to the complex intertwinings of sexuality, ability, nationalism, race, and sociality.