Gesture, Race and Disability: Mel Chen, Suzanne Cusick, Gavin Lee
Please join us for a session featuring Mel Chen on Gesture, Race & Disability, with Suzanne Cusick and Gavin Lee, respondents. A brief summary follows:
"What are the politics of gesture where it comes to race and disability? Agitation - a medicalized state, a political movement - intervenes in this question in ways that offer a perspective on the relationship between embodiment, mental difference, and contemporary security. This is part of a larger project on chemical intimacies considering archives of the 19th century to today, and an extension of my longer concerns about histories and legacies of inhumanism."
Mel Y. Chen is Associate Professor of Gender & Women's Studies and Director for the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture at U.C. Berkeley, and for 2018-19, Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor at Williams College. Since their 2012 book,Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect, Chen’s current project concerns intoxication’s role in the interanimation of race and disability. Elsewhere, Chen has been thinking about and writing on slowness, gesture, inhumanisms, and cognitive disability and method. Chen co-edits the “Anima” book series at Duke, and is part of a small and sustaining queer-trans of color arts collective in the San Francisco Bay Area.