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Cripping the Welfare Queen: Disability and Race in the Afterlife of U.S. Welfare Reform

March 2, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

A University Lecture by Professor Jina B Kim, Mount Holyoke College


Jina B. Kim is currently a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Mt Holyoke College. In 2018, she will be Assistant Professor of English and the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College. Her research interests rest at the intersection of critical disability, feminist-of-color/ queer-of-color critique, and contemporary ethnic U.S. literatures. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Disability Studies QuarterlyLateral: A Journal of the Cultural Studies AssociationDisability Studies and the Environmental Humanities, and Asian American Literature in Transition.
 Cripping the Welfare Queen: Disability and Race in the Afterlife of U.S. Welfare Reform
This presentation maps out an intersectional feminist disability framework I term a crip of color critique: a cross categorical analytic that highlights the little-explored affinities between feminist of color, queer of color, and critical disability studies. It does so by proposing the welfare mother as a bridging figure across these seemingly disparate fields. Looking to Cathy Cohen’s pathbreaking essay “Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens”; Sapphire’s 1996 novel Push; and Jesmyn Ward’s 2011 novel Salvage the Bones; it asks how Disability Studies might shift if the welfare queen occupied a focal point of analysis, and, in turn, how a crip of color critique might highlight the ableist reasoning at the core of anti-welfare policy. In so doing, it advances a burgeoning Disability Studies to which race and class have become central.The keynote lecture will take place on Friday, March 2nd at 4:00 PM in Sterling Hall. Room specifics will be provided shortly.Following the panel, Dr. Ellen Samuels, Dr. Sami Schalk, and Prof. Jina Kim will present a round table discussion about intersections of race, queerness, disability and the embodiment of resistance.This panel will take place immediately following Prof. Kim’s lecture. Both events are free and open to the public.


March 2, 2018
4:00 pm
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