The Jackson and Nichols Distinguished Lecture: "On Unfeeling: The Racial and Sexual Politics of Disaffection" with Dr. Xine Yao
In this talk, Professor Xine Yao will address her innovative theorizing of the concept of "unfeeling," which she developed in her book Disaffection: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth-Century America. Dr. Yao's talk broadens their intervention into the racial and sexual politics of disaffection, examining citation, the humanities, and how we approach feeling and unfeeling in our research, teaching, and everyday lives.
Dr. Xine Yao is Lecturer in American Literature to 1900 as well as co-director of the queer studies network qUCL at University College London. Their first book is Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth-Century America, which won Duke University Press’s Scholars of Color First Book Award (Duke UP 2021). Dr. Yao is a BBC Radio 3/AHRC New Generation Thinker and the co-host of PhDivas Podcast.