A Feminist and Anti-Racist Public Event with Grace M. Cho
How do we bring forth stories that have been silenced? Where do we look for evidence of that which has been erased? What are the mechanisms of erasure? Drawing upon her book Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy and the Forgotten War and her forthcoming memoir, Tastes Like War, Grace M. Cho will explore the ways in which violently suppressed histories and traumatic pasts haunt future generations and the creative methods that we can use to make sense of them. By paying attention to phenomena that are typically disavowed by the social sciences, such as dreams, ghosts and hallucinations, we can call forth new ways of remembering.
Grace M. Cho is Associate Professor of Sociology at the College of Staten Island. She received a PhD in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center and an MEd from Harvard School of Education. Her work crosses disciplinary boundaries and seeks to engage popular audiences. From 2005 to 2007 she was a contributing performance artist for Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the Forgotten War, a collaborative art project based on the oral histories of Korean War survivors and their children. Her participation in Still Present Pasts influenced the form and content of her first book, Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy and the Forgotten War (University of Minnesota, 2008) which combined fiction, performance, autoethnography and sociological research. It won a 2010 book award from the American Sociological Association for its innovative methodology. Her current project is a work of creative non-fiction, exploring notions of food, hunger and survival in the context of U.S. imperialism.
This public event is part of the CFR series Feeling Bad/Feeling FINE. Feeling Bad/Feeling Fine is a series of events curated by the Centre for Feminist Research in 2018-20. These events foreground feminist, queer, crip, and decolonial perspectives to explore - intersectional ways of thinking about madness, illness, and disability; the 'mental health crisis' in university and its connections to austerity and to marketisation of universities; structures of ableism and their intersections with race, class, gender, and sexuality; the pathologizing, individualisation, and psychologising of madness and disability; and importantly, what we to care for each other, and to create a mad-positive non-ableist university/world.
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