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Nov 09 2021 - 05:33 PM
Book Talk: Assemblages of Violence in Education, with Dr. Boni Wozolek

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Dr. Boni Wozolek is an Assistant Professor at Penn State University, Abington College. During her talk last evening at the library, Dr. Wozolek explored some of the ideas from her recent book, particularly its conceptualization of violence, and pathology as a mode of analysis. She shared samples of conversations with queer middle school youth of color and Indian women who have survived domestic violence to unpack examples of how happiness is enmeshed in violence. Her discussion readily acknowledged the impossibility of mapping assemblages of affect, as their entanglements and expansions refuse a fixed analysis. I found her use of pathology particularly interesting, as it reminded me of the work of Saidiya Hartman and the terror within everyday domination. Dr. Wozolek shared how pathology is a useful tool in that it traces movement but does not readily assign malignant or benign to affect, thus there can be unbelonging within happiness. I also appreciated her tracing of refusals as opportunities to subvert oppression. In addition she explained the margins as both a site of degradation and a place to carve out belonging for those othered. Her work engaged disability studies throughout, explaining the danger of notions of the normal as a mechanism for dehumanization. If you're interested in learning more about the fluidity of the margins, of affect, and of quantum entanglements, this book, recent 2021 winner of the AESA Critics' Choice Book Award, is a wonderful foundation. It's currently available as an ebook through the library: Assemblages of Violence in Education: Everyday Trajectories of Oppression

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