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.