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A lecture by Dr. Kim Q. Hall - "Romancing the Pig: A Queer Crip Tale from Barbecue to Xenotransplantation"

What do the discourses surrounding enthusiasm for authentic barbecue, disgust at overflowing hog waste lagoons, and anxieties about xeno-transplantation suggest about how “the other white meat” figures at the frontier of race, gender, medicine, and empire? Most scholarly attention on pigs has tended to focus on environmental and ethical issues involved in the raising and consumption of them as food. This presentation explores barbecue in the U.S. South, hog waste, and xenotransplantation as three sites where pigs are incorporated into human bodies, communities, and landscapes in order to show how assumptions about disability inform the persistence of violence at the frontiers of race, gender, empire, and medicine.

Kim Q. Hall is Professor of Philosophy at Appalachian State University. She is the editor of Feminist Disability Studies (Indiana University Press, 2011) and has authored numerous articles on gender, sexuality, and disability.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; the Divinity School, the Office of Sustainability, the LGBTQ Center, Learning Assistance & Disability Services, and the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society

Wednesday, November 8 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Kirby Hall, B02
1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27109

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