Saturday, June 23, 2012

Coming Soon: the Return of Natalie Martinez

More from Guest Blogger Natalie A. Martinez on Prisons

AcademiadeCruz welcomes back Natalie A. Martinez, who wrote an amazing post "Poch@ as Queer Racial Melancholia"  and Martinez will be back soon with another thought-provoking post based on work with prisons.

From Martinez's last post:
"In the past few years I have experienced what queer theorist, Anne Cvetkovich would call “an affective life.” It is a life where “[an] archive of emotions [has resulted] from ungrievable losses…”  called into question for me long held assumptions about agency, memory within the body, and the effects of trauma not just on an individual but collectively (qtd in Eng and Kazanjian 15). This affective life I speak of consisted of a few things in the span of two years:  First, I lost my father not to death, but to unspeakable trauma, and thus I lost a living link to my identity as a latin@. That same year I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A year later after moving to Tallahassee, Florida from Arizona, I lost my partner from the stress that illness put on our relationship and the very real struggles queer people encounter daily, advocating on behalf of, or for the rights and health of their loved ones in a system that does not recognize their relationship as valid in the first place. "
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