The Illegalities of Brownness
Taking cues from the late José Esteban Muñoz’s call to feel the sense of brown subjects, García will examine cultural forms produced under the cloak of migrant rights movements in order to trace the ethical imperative of Brownness being performed by migrant sounds and visualities of loss. By analyzing the centrality of affect and racial performativity to the undocumented student and migrant rights movements, García will argue that the aural and visual circuitry of migrant suffering theorizes belonging and citizenship outside of the state and terrorizing governance. The brown feelings of migrant persons not only refute the claims of democracy, the affective labor of their “illegal” cultural forms has the potential to radically alter sociality amidst an anti-Brown world by theorizing emancipation as a practice of everyday life under terror.
Armando García received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures from Cornell University and is Assistant Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the Univers
ity of Pittsburgh, where he specializes in 20th-century U.S. Latina/o and Latin American theatre, literature and performance studies. He is currently at work on two research projects: Impossible Indians: Race and the Tragedy of Decolonial Performance, a study of tragic forms of art and their potential to theorize and alter colonial and postcolonial racial formations; and Intimately Ethnic: Affect, Desire, and the Erotics of Governance, a study of contemporary artists and their affective responses to terrorizing modes of citizenship and governance.