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"What's Wrong with You?": The Embodiment of Systemic Trauma in Grise's Your Healing Is Killing Me

public lecture by Sara Ramírez - CLA Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop on Memory, Trauma, and Human Rights at the Crossroads of Art and Science
February 5, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
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Prof. Sara Ramírez

Dr. Sara A. Ramírez is an Assistant Professor of English at Texas State University. Ramírez earned her doctorate degree in Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016. Ramírez teaches courses on Chicanx literature and cultural productions, Chicana feminist theory, and an author-specific course focused on the works of Gloria Anzaldua. Her research areas include Anzaldúan thought, Chicana/x self-making, Chicana/x representations of trauma, and feminist editorial praxis. She is also co-publisher for the historical Third Woman Press: Feminist of Color Publishing. Ramírez has co-edited and written introductions for the last two volumes of El Mundo Zurdo, a multi-genre collection of pieces on the life and work of Chicana scholar Gloria Anzaldúa. Additionally, she has published in the peer-reviewed journal Diálogo. She is currently at work on her first book manuscript that uses a decolonial feminist lens to treat historical and intergenerational traumas experienced by Chicana/xs.

Sponsored by Spanish and Portuguese Studies; CLA Office of the Dean; Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; Department of Chicano and Latino Studies; Institute for Advanced Study

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This CLA Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop seeks to better understand the impacts of traumatic memory upon individuals and societies and to critically engage the issues of how we come to terms with and heal from trauma, seek accountability for human rights abuses that led to severe trauma, and mitigate future traumatization. The workshop explores the long-term effects of traumatic experiences as varied as war and dictatorship, terrorist attacks and state terrorism, genocide, captivity, and sexual abuse, with the understanding that an interdisciplinary understanding of memory and traumatization can illuminate the pathways between artistic production and healing.