Women's and Gender Studies

Monstrous Possibilities:Feminist Potentialities of Contemporary Horror

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Harrison 2105
Presented by: Dr. Bernadette Calafell, University of Denver

The last few years have seen the emergence of a horror renaissance with films such as American Mary, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, It Follows, and The Witch. This lecture explores the intersectional feminist possibilities of these films to consider the public pedagogies or rhetorics these films offer. How can the trope of monstrosity or genre of horror offer important insights into our contemporary cultural, social, and political climate, particularly around race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability?

A little background on her: Professor Bernadette Calafell received her PhD in Communication Studies with a focus on queer Latina/o performance and a secondary focus in media studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received a BA and MA from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. Her research is centered on women of color feminisms, queer of color theories, monstrosity, performance studies, and critical rhetoric. She is author of the book Latina/o Communication Studies: Theorizing Performance (Peter Lang, 2007), which was the recipient of the 2009 Lilla Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance from the National Communication Association. She also co-edited Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de Una Voz? (Lexington, 2011) with Dr. Michelle Holling. Her most recent book, Monstrosity, Race, and Performance in Contemporary Culture, was published in 2015 by Peter Lang. In 2010, Dr. Calafell was the recipient of the Córdova-Puchot Award for Scholar of the Year by the Latina/o Communication Studies Division and La Raza Caucus of the National Communication Association.

Sponsored by the Visiting Scholars Program.

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