EAS Speaker Series: Dr. Annmaria Shimabuku

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Date(s) - 04/04/2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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EAS Speaker Series: Dr. Annmaria Shimabuku

Alegal: Biopolitics and the Unintelligibility of Okinawan Life

The 2018-19 EAS Speaker Series will highlight scholars who critically deploy “race” and “gender” as important analytics in their research. It responds to the previous year’s challenge by a group of EAS graduate students who asked whether the tendency to marginalize race and gender or render them secondary might have to do with the politics of East Asian Studies knowledge formation. But why highlight race and gender when “Asia” has always been Orientalized, hence racialized and gendered? Why do we address Asia’s “colonial modernity” when modernity could not be possible without colonialism and racialism? Likewise, why the recent revival of the concept of racial capitalism when capitalism has never ceased to be racial? Following cultural studies scholar Stuart Hall who famously wrote, “there is no permanent hegemony: it can only be established, and analysed, in concrete historical conjunctures” (1988), can we understand the re-articulation of race and gender at this current moment as indexing an emergence/y of a specific historical conjuncture that needs to be reflected in our scholarly practices and concerns? The Speaker Series will address these and other related issues through the exploration of multiple dimensions of East Asian geohistorical contexts from a variety of theoretical, transnational, and interdisciplinary perspectives.

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