Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture

Sponsor: NCA National Office
Fri, 11/15: 5:00 PM  - 6:00 PM 
Room: Holiday Ballroom 6 (Second Floor) 
The Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture is given in plenary session each year at the annual convention of the Association and features the most accomplished researchers in the field. The topic of the lecture changes annually so as to capture the wide range of research being conducted in the field and to demonstrate the relevance of that work to society at large.

The purpose of the Arnold Lecture is to inspire not by words but by intellectual deeds. Its goal is to make the members of the Association better informed by having one of its best professionals think aloud in their presence. Over the years, the Arnold Lecture will serve as a scholarly stimulus for new ideas and new ways of approaching those ideas.

The Arnold Lecturer is chosen each year by the First Vice President. When choosing the Arnold Lecturer, the First Vice President is charged to select a long-standing member of NCA, a scholar of undisputed merit who has already been recognized as such, a person whose recent research is as vital and suggestive as his or her earlier work, and a researcher whose work meets or exceeds the scholarly standards of the academy generally.

The Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by Pearson.


Kent A. Ono, University of Utah  - Contact Me


NCA First Vice President
NCA National Office


Mobility, Containment, and the Racialized Spatio-Temporalities of Survival

In recent years, U.S. discourse, from popular to political and cultural, has been filled with what we might name a border crisis - bans on travel, revocation of passport, separation of families, and detention of children. Each of these many disputes has been marked by race and the contested movement and arrest of racialized bodies, or by what I name "stoppage." What, I wonder, does it mean to think about survival through the intersecting prisms of mobility and containment? Surely survival is spatially located and temporally figured, but in what ways and with what discursive dynamics? Reflecting in this talk about what it means to locate survival as an already-raced and racialized practice, I ask how discourses of stoppage permeate and perhaps pollute survival. I explore survival both at the material level of physically stopped bodies and as a rhetorical mechanism in the making of race. That is, if, as I argue, race is made rhetorically through discourses of mobility and containment, might we say that while some stopped raced bodies will survive, race itself also survives via stoppage? 


Lisa A. Flores, University of Colorado, Boulder  - Contact Me