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IAS Thursdays: Kysa Hubbard on ADHD, Class and Representations of Childhood

Re-Structuring and Re-Visioning Childhood:
The (Dis)Advantages of ADHD

Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 4:00 pm
125 Nolte

A talk on ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), class, and representations of childhood by Kysa K. Hubbard, Ph.D., lecturer, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature.


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Kysa Hubbard ADHDIn addition to teaching courses on the body, culture, and sexuality in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, Hubbard studies the contemporary construction of adult-child relations and the relationship of childhood to the collective psychic, social, political, and economic life of contemporary U.S. culture.

Her book project, tentatively titled Civilizing Childhood: The Rational Alienation of Parents and Children, considers the potential consequences of today’s unparalleled expansion of technology and capital into the most intimate aspects of social life, in the form of psychotropic drug therapies, genetic engineering, reproductive technologies, etc.; it suggests that the already established commercial objectification and commodification of childhood may be approaching its logical (“rational”) conclusion: the standardization of the child her/himself.

This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.

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