Damage Control, and the Art of Governing Freedommimithinguyen

Saturday January 18, 2014

5:00pm CIGI Auditorium, 67 Erb Street West

Presented by the Cultural Studies Program and the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies

Sponsored by IMRC

Mimi Thi Nguyen is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her book The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages, focuses on the promise of “giving” freedom concurrent and contingent with waging war and its afterlife (Duke University Press, 2012). She is also co-editor with Fiona I.B. Ngo and Mariam Lam of a Summer 2012 special issue of positions on Southeast Asian American Studies (20:3, Winter 2012). Nguyen was recently named a Conrad Humanities Scholar for 2013-2018, a designation supporting the work of outstanding associate professors in the humanities within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois.

Nguyen has made zines since 1991, including Slander (formerly known by other titles) and the compilation zine Race Riot. She is a former Punk Planet columnist and Maximumrocknroll volunteer; she is also a frequent collaborator with Daniela Capistrano for the POC Zine Project. In June 2013, Sarah McCarry‘s Guillotine (“a series of erratically published chapbooks focused on revolutionary non-fiction”) released PUNK, a conversation between Nguyen and Golnar Nikpour.


For more information about the CACS-ACEC national conference go to Dispersions2014.sched.org