Lecture by Amallia Pallares, associate chancellor and vice provost for diversity, University of Illinois, Chicago
This event is part of a lecture series called "Sanctuary Practices: Race, Refuge and Immigration in America," organized by the StudiOC learning community.
Amallia Pallares will speak on the different ways in which family and the family separation issue is politicized in immigrant rights struggles. Drawing upon the idea of the "impossible activism" of undocumented immigrants, Pallares argues that those without legal status defy this "impossible" context by relying on the politicization of the family to challenge justice within contemporary immigration law.
Her 2014 book, Family Activism: Immigrant Struggles and the Politics of Noncitizenship, is the culmination of a seven-year-long ethnography of undocumented immigrants and their families in Chicago, as well as national immigrant politics.
In it, Pallares examines the three ways in which the family has become politically significant: as a political subject and site of political struggle, as a frame for immigrant rights activism, and as a symbol of racial subordination and resistance and a basis for mobilization in immigrant communities.
Cosponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center, the Departments of Africana Studies and Comparative American Studies, and the Office of the Dean of Students