UNM-LA Instructor Presents Paper On Women In Apocalyptic Fiction

Dr. Renae Mitchell at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) instructor Dr. Renae Mitchell was honored as a Fellow at the 39th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference Feb. 7-10 in Albuquerque.

Mitchell, an instructor in the English & Humanities Division at UNM-LA, was invited to present her paper, “Reinvented Mothership: The Revolution of Maternity in Apocalyptic Fiction.” 

The SWPACA, or SouthWest Popular and American Culture Association, is an annual academic conference held in Albuquerque, focused on various aspects of literary, film, pedagogical, and other scholarly topics. 

Mitchell was awarded the Michael K. Schoenecke Leadership Institute Fellowship in 2017, which has allowed her to learn the process of organizing an academic conference, as well as giving her the opportunity to meet scholars from around the country. Mitchell earned the Fellowship based on her work as a young scholar.

Mitchell completed her Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University in Comparative Literature in 2013, and previously published on topics such as Mexican film studies and poet/playwright Derek Walcott, but she has expanded her research to involve her love of speculative fiction. While teaching a class in post-apocalyptic fiction in the fall of 2016, she became interested in how women, particularly mothers, are represented in such stories.

Last year at the SWPACA, Mitchell presented a paper titled, “Afrofuturist Feminist Post-Apocalyptic Fiction as an Instrument of Diversity in the Classroom.”

Beginning Feb. 26, Mitchell will be teaching AMST 185: Intro to Race, Class and Ethnicity. This hybrid course will meet noon to 1:45 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, with additional online components, studying the complex ways race and ethnicity have operated in American culture. 

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