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Keynote: “‘They chose, are glad, etc.’: Privilege, Precarity, Democracy and Citizenship in the United States"
Over twenty-five years ago, critical legal scholar Ian F. Haney López wrote, “Citizenship, easily granted and easily withheld, is a tenuous concept on which to hang social privileges,” especially “when one understands… that citizenship easily serves as a proxy for race.” This lecture considers how cultural citizenship wielded by twentieth-century and contemporary artists and writers in the United States illuminates the limits of legally conceived belonging and protection. While the law incorporates the social fictions of race, nation, and migration in its distribution of privilege and precarity, I argue that the “human rights literacy” embedded within art and literature unsettles the normative claims of citizenship, towards more robust visions of rights, security, and protection.

Mar 24, 2021 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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