The Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration WGSS Speaker Series presents:
Laura Briggs, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Eleana Kim, University of California, Irvine and Kim Park Nelson, Minnesota State University: “Kinship in Times of Suspicious Citizenship.”
The WGSS speaker series explores the relationship between political life and kinship. The series attends to processes and practices of kinning in relation to politics and governance, bureaucracy and neoliberalism, borders, borderlands, and the production of internal and external “enemies,” as well as for thinking through genders and sexualities. Presenters engage recurring questions about meanings and representations of belonging, essentially, what kinship means to people, while also bringing these very questions into meaningful conversation with the practices through which political, juridical, and economic formations—from the nation-state to corporate and media networks—have become invested in categorizing and regulating relations of kinship and reproduction. In considering how intimacy is negotiated with and against institutional investments, the lectures probe how more and more practices and idioms of citizenship are being rendered suspect.