Faculty Speaker Program!
Professor Irene Mata, Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley, will speak to the Wellesley Club of San Diego as part of the Faculty Speaker Program on Saturday, May 30, 2015, 3:00-5:30p.m., at the Downtown San Diego Lion's Club, 310 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101.
Spring Elections for Club President will be held May 30, 2015 Immediately Prior to the Faculty Speaker Program.
Professor Mata's abstract for her talk, "Re-imagining Immigrants as Heroes: The Visual Politics of Gender, Race, and Immigration":
This talk analyzes the strategic move of positioning immigrant workers as superheroes and the role that new technology plays in creating new Latina narratives of immigration. By looking at the “Superheroes” photo series by Dulce Pinzón alongside Laura Alvarez’s multimedia series Double Agent Sirvienta I investigate the role that resistance to invisibility plays in several examples of visual culture. The move to position workers often marginalized and made invisible by their labor and immigration status as larger than life and heroic rejects the common rhetoric that represents laboring immigrant bodies as a waste or a drain on our national resources. These cultural productions offer new and exciting representations of immigration, labor, and gender that more closely engage with the conditions of immigration occurring in our current historical moment.