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Contesting Autism: Struggles over Neural Citizenship and Neurocultures
February 25, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Jigna Desai, Chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota
Jigna Desai is the author of Beyond Bollywood: The Cultural Politics of South Asian Diasporic Film. She has written widely on gender, South Asian public cultures, and the politics of Asian American citizenship in the post-911 era.
Desai’s new research concerns the relationship between brain sciences and transnational forms of citizenship. Drawing on queer, disability, and cultural theories, Desai’s presentation will examine how public understandings of “normal” and “abnormal” brains in discourses on autism shape our social and political worlds.
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Desai’s visit is jointly sponsored by the South Asia Faculty Working Group; the Initiative in Literature, Medicine, and Culture; the Program in Sexuality Studies; the Institute for Arts and Humanities; and the Departments of Social Medicine, Communication, and English and Comparative Literature.