Sujatha Fernandes: Storytelling and the Fight for Migrant Rights, Monday, April 23, 2018, 3:30-5:30pm, Merrill Cultural Center

The Latin American and Latino Studies Department welcomes Dr. Sujatha Fernandes to discuss her most recent book "Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of Storytelling" as part of their Distinguished Speaker Series. This event is free and open to the public.

January 02, 2018

By , LALS Department Chair 

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Dr. Fernandes discusses her most recent book Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of Storytelling. This book seeks to understand the rise of this storytelling culture alongside a broader shift to neoliberal free market economies. The book shows how in the turn to free market orders, stories have been reconfigured to promote liberal and neoliberal self-making and are restructured as easily digestible soundbites mobilized toward utilitarian ends.

fernandes headshot thumbSujatha Fernandes is a Professor of Political Economy and Sociology at the University of Sydney. Her research combines social theory and political economy with in-depth, engaged ethnography of global social and labor movements. Her first book, Cuba Represent! looks at the forms of cultural struggle that arose in post-Soviet Cuban society. Her second book, Who Can Stop the Drums? explores the spaces for political agency opened up for barrio-based social movements by a hybrid post-neoliberal state under radical left wing leader Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. In her third book Close to the Edge, she explores whether the musical subculture of hip hop could create and sustain a new global cultural movement. Her latest book is Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of Storytelling. It looks at how the restructuring of personal stories as easily digestible soundbites mobilized toward narrow goals by non-profits, the immigrant rights movement, and the state has been an obstacle to building deeper movements for social change in the US and globally. Her current research project is an exploration of migrant laboring lives and worker consciousness in global cities.

This event is sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Department with support from Center for Emerging Worlds, Chicano Latino Research Center, Colleges 9 & 10, Cowell College, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Feminist Studies, Kresge College, Merrill College, Politics Department, Sociology Department, and Oakes College.

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