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Rewriting the Nation: Citizenship and Performative Contradiction in the Dream 9 Demonstration

Ana Ribero, CFTH Research Fellow

Monday, March 12, 2018 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This talk presents an analysis of a 2013 undocumented Latinx youth activist demonstration, the popularly labeled Dream 9 action, to illustrate how im/migrant rhetorics help to redefine citizenship in ways that push beyond juridical and nationalist citizenship definitions. Yet, because they rely on the rhetorical figure of the exceptional DREAMer as deserving inclusion in the nation, im/migrant activist rhetorics can also reinforce the neoliberal and nationalist ideas of individualism, meritocracy, and exceptionalism that often rationalize the subordination of minoritized populations in the US. Through an analysis of the performative contradiction in the Dream 9 action, this talk looks for productive (and perhaps even radical) possibilities in this moment of activism. 

Ana Milena Ribero researches migrant rhetorics and feminist critique and teaches in the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Her scholarship and teaching are situated at the intersections of transnational feminisms, migrant rhetorics, border rhetorics, and the rhetorics of social movements. Her work can be found in Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, in the forthcoming anthology Decolonizing Rhetoric and Composition Studies, and in the Arizona Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies

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