Through Feminist Eyes

Through Feminist Eyes, in collaboration with the Women's and Gender Studies Program in the Department of Sociology, is intended to provide additional opportunities for undergraduate WGS students to engage feminist scholarship, specifically the breadth of feminist scholarship taking place at Virginia Tech. This program is offered in the Fall of each year.

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The 2018 Through Feminist Eyes line-up:

Tuesday, September 11th @ 7PM, Fralin Auditorium
Andrea Baldwin, Assistant Professor, Women's and Gender Studies and African Studies Programs, Department of Sociology
“(Re)creating the posture portraits: Artistic and technological (re)productions of the gendered (re)presentations of bodies at institutions of higher education: Past, present and future"
This presentation is an intersectional analysis which centers on how the creation and reification of ideologies around health and discipline using a medicalized gaze, have led to the pathologizing and diagnosis of gendered, racialized people, and people with disabilities as Other.  Historically, these bodies were seen as needing to be fixed or purged from both the public sphere (in this case academia) and the body politic in order to continue the unimpeded continuity of the white, able bodied, thin male population and its virility.

Tuesday, October 16th @ 7PM, Fralin Auditorium
Bonnie Zare, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
“Race”, “Caste” and “Dis”Ability: Converging and Diverging Representations
The illusion of narrative intelligibility, suggesting the body's capabilities are written on its surface, has fueled false ways of knowing in multiple contexts.  Owing to the public's desire to be above the body and an unacknowledged fear of bodily vulnerability, stigma has been directed at Dalit persons, dark skinned persons and persons with disabilities.  Drawing on contemporary literature and performance, this talk will discuss points of convergence and divergence about representations of person categorized as having "race", "caste" or "dis"ability.

Tuesday, November 13th @ 7PM, Fralin Auditorium
S. Moon Cassinelli, Presidential Pathways Postdoctoral Fellow
 “In Search of Answers: Transnational Feminist Networks within U.S. Korean Adoption Narratives of Return”
Deann Borshay Liem’s documentary films, First Personal Plural (released in 2000) and In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee (released in 2010), have become familiar and widely circulated representations of U.S. Korean adoptee experiences. Written and directed by Borshay Liem, both films feature her returns to Korea in search of answers regarding her adoption and family. In this talk, I focus on In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee to discuss how the figure of the Korean orphan creates an intergenerational network of Korean and Korean American women whose lives have been affected by the Korean War and transnational adoption. I argue that U.S. adoption narratives of return are not just about identity, but reveal the possibility for transnational kinship within the Korean diaspora.