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Educating Flesh: Blackness and the (Primal) Scene of Campus Insurrection at San Francisco State College (1968-69)Highlighting the relationship between the racial slavery in the formation of U.S. colleges and universities and the archive of Black student revolt, this dissertation examines one of the longest and most violent Black student strikes in the history of postsecondary education–the San Francisco State College strike in 1968-1969. Rather than deconstruct the strike for a central meaning or produce a (counter)narrative history, this dissertation argues that the politics of Black student revolutionaries during this strike radicalizes constructions of the modern educational subject and invites a reconsideration of Black educational subjectivity. Working towards the notion of the captive subject of education as a theory and method for reading the guerrilla tactics of Black students during the five-month siege of campus to elucidate these claims, this dissertation overreads reading the actions of Black student revolutionaries in solidarity with the political, affective, and psychic conditions that engender slave insurrection to suggest an alternative theory of the Black educational subject that emphasizes the psychopolitics of student protest.
La Formación del Homo Sacer Peruano: Violencia Sistémica en Cuatro Relatos Sobre el Perú ContemporáneoLa formación del homo sacer peruano: violencia sistémica en cuatro relatos sobre el Perú contemporáneo (The Formation of the Peruvian Homo Sacer: Systemic Violence in Four Narrative Texts About Contemporary Peru) applies the theory of Jacques Lacan about the orders of the Symbolic, the Imaginary, and the Real to analyze the phenomenon of violence as portrayed in: Candela quema luceros (1989), De amor y de guerra (2004), Chungui: violencia y trazos de memoria (2005), and La niña de nuestros ojos (2010). Through a Lacanian analysis of these four texts my investigation reveals the mechanisms of how imaginary violence is sustained by real violence and, principally, by symbolic violence in the context of Peru of the 1980s and 1990s. Of crucial importance is the incorporation of Lacan's theory of the superego and lamella to argue that these narrators shed light upon the processes of the formation of the Peruvian homo sacer, a life deprived of any value. I argue that it is only with the consolidation of the homo sacer was possible to kill with total impunity 70,000 Peruvians.
Signifying Ruptures: Violence and Language at the Intersections of IdentityMy dissertation investigates violence as a signifying system that produces meaning like a language. People remake the meaning of violence by way of normalizing hierarchies that permit some violences (but not others) to be perceived as acceptable. Specifically, the project engages with American legacies of historically legitimized violence, for example chattel slavery and frontier/settler colonial violence, and it shows how these legacies instill normalized violence into general culture.