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Adrián I. P-Flores

Education:

B.A., Feminist Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A., Gender and Women’s Studies, The University of Arizona; Ph.D., Gender and Women’s Studies, The University of Arizona

Dissertation:

“What Is Suicide? Entanglements of Philosophy and Literature in the ‘Afterlife of Slavery’”

Thesis Advisor:

Adam Geary, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Abraham I. Acosta, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, The University of Arizona

Research Topic:

Flores’ book project traces the transformation of the concept of suicide between the 17thand 18thcenturies to examine its intersection with the histories and geographies of colonial dispossession and racial slavery. Rather than belaboring the leading question of suicide causation that structures the suicidological imagination and the biopolitics of suicide prevention, “What Is Suicide? Entanglements of Philosophy and Literature in the ‘Afterlife of Slavey’” poses the problem of suicide as a fundamental question about the racialization of human freedom. His broader research is guided by the imperative that a structural critique of antiblackness must precede all critiques of the grammars of suffering that overdetermine prevailing representations of suicide.

Mentor:

Eleanor Kaufman, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles

Current Position:

President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles

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