Opening Keynote: Dr. Mel Chen

“Old Times, New Times”
Friday, May 12, 2017
4:15 - 5:30 p.m.
U.S. Bank Conference Theater, Ohio Union, 1739 N. High Street, Columbus

Mel Y. Chen

Mel Y. Chen is Associate Professor of Gender & Women's Studies and Director for the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture at the University of California, Berkeley. Chen’s 2012 book, Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (Duke UP, MLA Alan Bray Award), explores questions of racialization, queering, disability, and affective economies in animate and inanimate “life” through the extended concept of animacy. Chen’s second book project concerns the relationships among the conceptual territories of toxicity and intoxication and their involvement in histories of the shared interanimation of race and disability. Writing on cognitive disability and method, the racialization of pollution, and more can be found in Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Discourse, Women in Performance, Australian Feminist Studies, and Medical Humanities, and GLQ. Chen coedits, with Jasbir K. Puar, a book series entitled “Anima,” highlighting scholarship in critical race and disability post/in/humanisms at Duke University Press.