The Amherst College Department of Spanish is pleased to present a lecture by Jason Coráñez Bolton.
“Cripping Assimilation Genres: Latinx and Filipinx Borderlands in Transpacific Encounter”
Bolton says of his lecture: "This talk will develop a postcolonial crip and queer analytic to understand histories of U.S. imperialism in the Philippines and the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands as flashpoints in global disability histories. I propose a framing of comparative racialization in transpacific American encounter to demonstrate how colonialism has historically relied on an enduring and insistent assumption in the cognitive inferiority of the colonized-- an assumption constructed through the perverse deviations of the 'native' from proper respectable civilization. Using multiethnic American and hemispheric fictions in literature and film, particularly Latinx and Filipinx cultural archives, I seek to crip genres of assimilation to show that disability is not epiphenomenal to the political violence of imperial statecraft but rather its principal engine."