Lionel Cantú Lecture

Jasbir Puar, Associate Professor at Rutgers University, delivering the 2014 Cantú lecture

Assistant Professor Lionel Cantú JrThis event honors the memory of Dr. Lionel Cantú Jr., Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz, who unexpectedly passed away in 2002. His academic research included international migration, HIV/AIDS, Latina/o studies, queer theories, and feminist studies. Queer Migrations:  Sexuality, U.S. Citizenship, and Border Crossing, a co-edited anthology by Lionel Cantú and Eithne Luibhéid, University of Arizona was published posthumously in 2005.  A book based on his research was published in 2009, The Sexuality of MigrationBorder Crossings and Mexican Immigrant Men, by Lionel Cantú, co-edited by Nancy Naples, Professor of Sociology & Women’s Studies at the University of Connecticut and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, Assistant Professor of Sociology at American University (New York University Press, February 2009).



Deb Vargas, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside

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JASBIR PUAR, Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University

"The Right to Maim: Disablement, Palestine, and Disaster Capitalism"

This talk looks at the productivity of disablement as a war tactic of the Israeli state in Gaza and the West Bank. It argues for a revisioning of biopolitics that accounts for maiming as a goal of settler colonialism that defies easy demarcations between making live and letting die. Such an analysis complicates recent debates about the function of "collateral damage" by mining the schism between targeting to kill and targeting to disable.



MARIA C. LUGONES, Professor of Comparative Literature and Director for the Center of Interdisciplinary Studies in Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture, Binghamton University, State University of New York

“Methodological Note Toward a Decolonial Feminism”



SERGIO de la MORA, Chicana and Chicano Studies, the University of California, Davis

"Lucha Reyes, Queen of the Mariachi, Queer Icon"



ANGEL DAVID NIEVES, Historic Preservation in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland at College Park

"Soweto '76: "Virtual Witnessing" and the Politics of Memory-Making in South Africa's Townships"



EITHNE LUIBHEID, Women's Studies and Director of the Committee on LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona

"The Logic of Heteronormativity in Neoliberal Immigration Control"



MATTIE RICHARDSON, Doctoral Candidate in African-American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

"Listening to the Archives:  Black Lesbian Literature and Film"   



HORACIO RAMIREZ, Assistant Professor of Latino Studies, UC Santa Barbara

"Border Crossings of Desire: Gay Latino Moves in the Space of Los Angeles." and "Re-Naming Ceremony: The Lionel Cantú GLBTI Resource Center"



A Celebration of Life:  Lionel Cantú as Scholar, Mentor and Activist

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