"Picturing Deportation: The Rhetorics and Technologies of Immigration Restriction from 1900 to 2019”

Thursday, September 26, 2019
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
VCAM VCAM 001 Screening Room
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Distinguished Visitors Program

Distinguished Visitor Jay Dolmage, professor of English, University of Waterloo, Ontario. 
Examining the photographers and photographs that captured images of “undesired” immigrants in Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century, we can begin to understand the development of photography as a eugenic technology, crucial to our evolving understanding of disability in North America. We can also refigure the engagement with visual culture that is developing in fields such as rhetoric, anthropology, media studies, and disability studies. This engagement focuses not just on photographs themselves but on the archaeology of photography as a technology, on its surfaces of emergence, its modes of reproduction and circulation, and on the ways that disability is revealed or ignored in archives. This approach then offers tools for interpretation and investigation that might be taken up by others and applied across eras and images, as well as across disciplines.

I am committed to disability rights in my scholarship, service, and teaching. My work brings together rhetoric, writing, disability studies, and critical pedagogy. My first book, entitled Disability Rhetoric, was published with Syracuse University Press in 2014. Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education was published with Michigan University Press in 2017 and is available in an open-access version online. Disabled Upon Arrival: Eugenics, Immigration, and the Construction of Race and Disability was published in 2018 with Ohio State University Press. I am the Founding Editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.
Tea at 4:15 p.m.
Sponsored by the Writing Program; the Office of Access and Disability Services; and the Provost Office, in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program

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