The Future of Demographobia, Latinxs, and the Realist-Speculative Convergence
Lecture | February 20 | 4-6 p.m. | Latinx Research Center
2547 Channing Way
Department of English, Latinx Research Center
In this talk, Román analyzes the current American wave of demographobia, a term that Sami Alim defines as the irrational fear of changing demographics. To further explain this concept, Román offers close readings of three speculative dystopian cultural texts, America Libre, Ink, and Elysium, that envision what would happen if demographobia toward Latinxs and other people of color continues to grow. Román argues that these texts register what she calls the realist-speculative convergence, which enables us to understand the point at which what previously seemed improbable has now become possible.