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Deborah Whaley: “Critical Conjunctures: Writing, Teaching, and Advocating Across and Within Disciplines, Genres, and Communities”

September 23, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

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Deborah Elizabeth Whaley is an artist, curator, writer, and Professor of American Studies and African American Studies at the University of Iowa. She is the former director of the Public Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate at UI and is a current Administrative Fellow for the CLAS dean’s office, where she develops and collaborates on DEI infrastructure and initiatives. Her research and teaching fields include American literature, history, and culture, cultural studies, comparative ethnic studies, Black cultural studies, the digital humanities, popular culture, and the visual arts. 

Dr. Whaley has published original art, poetry, as well as articles on social movements, popular culture, sequential art, documentary photography, and film. Her publications include the monographs Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime (2015), Disciplining Women: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Black Counterpublics, and the Cultural Politics of Black Sororities(2010), and the co-edited collection Keywords in Comics Studies (2021).

Whaley's work in progress is an examination of dissociative identities (formerly known as multiple personality disorder) as a narrative trope in novels, science literature, popular periodicals, film, television, and memoir, with a particular focus on Latinx, White, Asian/American, and Black women. She is also completing a compilation of non-fiction, creative essays, visual images, and poetry about loss, grief, and transition. It is tentatively titled Bodyflow: Meditations on Loss, Grief, and Resilience.