"Chicanosmosis and the Transnational Imaginary (Imaginary): 21st Century Mextasy in and Beyond the Ivory Tower"
Held in conjunction with ST 600 "Transnational Lives," Dr. William Nericcio is the fourth speaker in the Committee on Social Theory Spring Lecture Series. William Nericcio also serves as professor of English and Comparative Literature & Chicana/o Studiesand serves on the faculty of the Center for Latin American Studies at San Diego State University. He is the author of the award-winning Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America, The Hurt Business: Oliver Mayer's Early Works Plus, and Homer From Salinas: John Steinbeck's Enduring Voice for the Californias. Nericcio is also a graphic designer, creating book covers, film posters, and websites, most notably for San Diego State University Press and Hyperbole Books, where he oversees the production of cultural studies tomes. His Text-Mex Gallery blog investigates the pathological interrogation of Mexican, Latina/o, Chicana/o, "Hispanic," Mexican-American, and Latin American stereotypes, political, and cultural issues. He is also the curator of the text-image exhibition entitled “MEXtasy,” which has been displayed at numerous institutions, including the Ohio State University, University of Michigan and South Texas College. He is currently working on his follow-up book to Tex[t]-Mex, Eyegiene: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race. In his presentation, Nericcio will explore Chicanosmosis, a term that contemplates international intercourse through the semi-permeable fabric of the U.S./Latin American border—a site of transnational intrigue that reeks of hegemony and seduction, imperialism and the voyeuristic turn. Nericcrio will represent simultaneously a retrospective and scenes that might be accused of performing something like Nostradamus-like clairvoyance. It is the sum total of his present theoretical adventures based as it is on the writings of Fanon, Said, Sontag, Marx, Foucault, Gallop, Paz, Taussig, Liu, Borges, Virilio and more.