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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Book Celebration for Dr. Julie Minich

Mon, February 24, 2014 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • CLA 1.302E


Accessible Citizenships: Disability, Nation, and the Cultural Politics of Greater Mexico.

Join us for a celebration of Dr. Julie Minich's new book, Accessible Citizenships: Disability, Nation, and the Cultural Politics of Greater Mexico. Dr. Minich will give a brief talk followed by a discussion led by Dr Laura Gutierrez. A reception will follow the talk.

Accessible Citizenships examines Chicana/o cultural representations that conceptualize political community through images of disability. Working against the assumption that disability is a metaphor for social decay or political crisis, Julie Avril Minich analyzes literature, film, and visual art post-1980 in which representations of non-normative bodies work to expand our understanding of what it means to belong to a political community.

Minich shows how queer writers like Arturo Islas and Cherríe Moraga have reconceptualized Chicano nationalism through disability images. She further addresses how the U.S.-Mexico border and disabled bodies restrict freedom and movement. Finally, she confronts the changing role of the nation-state in the face of neoliberalism as depicted in novels by Ana Castillo and Cecile Pineda.

Accessible Citizenships  illustrates how these works gesture towards less exclusionary forms of citizenship and nationalism. Minich boldly argues that the corporeal images used to depict national belonging have important consequences for how the rights and benefits of citizenship are understood and distributed.


Sponsored by: Center for Women's & Gender Studies

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