Feb 10, 2021 Feb 10, 2021
11:30AM 01:00PM Jerrine Tan Job Talk: Department / Organization: English DepartmentMeeting Organizer/Sponsor: Department of EnglishSpeaker/Presenter: Jerrine TanCost: FreeContact Name: Eric CanosaContact Email: ecanosa@emory.edu"Speaking Otherwise: Feminist Refusal, Silence, and Transnational Trauma in Chang-Rae Lee’s A Gesture Life"The assertion of national powers and enforcement of authority in wartime are often inscribed through the enactment of sexual violence on women’s bodies. This talk will read Korean American writer Chang-Rae Lee’s A Gesture Life, which broaches the issue of military “comfort women” —women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during WWII— and their representation (or lack thereof) in Japanese (and global) memory. Analyzing the novel alongside theorists such as Barbara Johnson and Saidiya Hartman, this talk examines the occlusion of the female voice to consider the impossibility of representation, and the disingenuousness of discourse, in order to offer a way of recuperating a silenced voice. In my larger project, I draw attention to the figures of female suffering that lie at the center of certain transnational novels to show how these novels are powerful for their ability to make this pain into an allegory for other forms of historical violence while maintaining a feminist focus on the issue of misogyny.Jerrine Tan was born and raised in Singapore. She received her BA in English and Economics from UC Berkeley and her MA and PhD in English from Brown University. She currently teaches Global Anglophone Literature in the English department at Mount Holyoke College. Her research interests include Transnational Asian Literature and Film, Asian American Literature, Contemporary Fiction, 20th century American Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Film. Her international approach to research has been supported by various international fellowships, including the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), the Japan Foundation, Brown University, and Fudan University. Her academic essays have been published or are forthcoming in Modern Fiction Studies, Genre, Wasafiri, and the Cambridge Companion to Kazuo Ishiguro. Her essays have also been featured on popular platforms such as Literary Hub, WIRED, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Asian American Writers' Workshop. + Online with Zoom Campus Events
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12:00PM 12:15PM Mid-Week Musical Reflections: University Event Topic: OtherSchool: All Emory UniversityDepartment / Organization: Religious LifeMeeting Organizer/Sponsor: Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, with the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, South Asia Seminar, Department of Music, Department of Religion, Emory College Center for Creativity and Arts David Goldwasser Series in Religion and the Arts, and Hightower Fund.Speaker/Presenter: Maury Allums, Director of Music, Office of Spiritual and Religious LifeEvent Open To: Emory CommunityCost: FreeRegistration / R.S.V.P. link: http://bit.ly/OSRLMidWeekMusicContact Name: Maury AllumsContact Email: religiouslife@emory.eduLink: http://bit.ly/OSRLMidWeekMusicMid-Week Musical ReflectionsWednesdays during term starting February 3, 12:00-12:15 p.m. EST, Zoom and Facebook LiveAll are invited to reflect and decompress in a mid-week, mid-day time of sacred music. Join Maury Allums, Director of Music, and the Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life in taking a moment to breathe, relax, and connect with others in our community. Visit bit.ly… to register for this weekly event via Zoom and to receive updates on our weekly musical reflections. You can also watch them live on Facebook by visiting the Emory OSRL Facebook page.Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. + Zoom Registration: <a href="http://bit.ly/OSRLMidWeekMusic" target="_blank" rel="noopener" title="http://bit.ly/OSRLMidWeekMusic Campus Events
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06:00PM 07:00PM Great Works Seminar: Going Viral: Viruses and the Meaning We Make of Them: University Event Topic: HumanitiesSchool: Emory CollegeDepartment / Organization: Fox Center for Humanistic InquiryMeeting Organizer/Sponsor: Fox Center for Humanistic InquirySpeaker/Presenter: Historian Martha Groppo, Fox Center Postdoctoral FellowEvent Open To: All (Public)Cost: FreeRegistration / R.S.V.P. link: foxcenter@emory.eduContact Name: Fox Center for Humanistic InquiryContact Email: foxcenter@emory.eduViruses have baffled humans for far longer than we have known of their existence. Not seen under a microscope until the 1930s, they have long been understood primarily through their deadly disease effects. Although diseases often act on different bodies in similar ways, however, explanations for them have varied widely depending on historical moment and cultural context. In this seminar, we will explore some of the many meanings humans have made of viruses in their efforts to understand and manage terrifying symptoms. Viruses have often inspired important innovation, but they have also frequently tested the limits of our understanding of disease: Viruses have been critical in the development of vaccines, for example, but they have also invited debate about the definition of life itself (viruses kill, but are they alive?). After an introductory, interdisciplinary session, we will study three deadly viruses that have left their indelible mark on the history of medicine, but also on the story of humankind. This seminar will be moderated by historian Martha Groppo, Fox Center Postdoctoral Fellow, and will meet via Zoom from 6-7:00pm on the following Wednesday evenings during the 2021 spring semester: February 10, 17 & 24, March 3 & 10. Participation is limited, and reservations are required. The Zoom meeting link will be sent via email the day before each session date. Everyone from the Atlanta community is welcome and invited to join us for this free seminar. For further information and to reserve a spot on a “first-come basis,” email the Fox Center at foxcenter@emory.edu. + via Zoom Campus Events
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06:00PM 07:00PM Great Works Seminar: Going Viral: Viruses and the Meaning We Make of Them: University Event Topic: HumanitiesSchool: Emory CollegeDepartment / Organization: Fox Center for Humanistic InquiryMeeting Organizer/Sponsor: Fox Center for Humanistic InquirySpeaker/Presenter: Historian Martha Groppo, Fox Center Postdoctoral FellowEvent Open To: All (Public)Cost: FreeRegistration / R.S.V.P. link: foxcenter@emory.eduContact Name: Fox Center for Humanistic InquiryContact Email: foxcenter@emory.eduViruses have baffled humans for far longer than we have known of their existence. Not seen under a microscope until the 1930s, they have long been understood primarily through their deadly disease effects. Although diseases often act on different bodies in similar ways, however, explanations for them have varied widely depending on historical moment and cultural context. In this seminar, we will explore some of the many meanings humans have made of viruses in their efforts to understand and manage terrifying symptoms. Viruses have often inspired important innovation, but they have also frequently tested the limits of our understanding of disease: Viruses have been critical in the development of vaccines, for example, but they have also invited debate about the definition of life itself (viruses kill, but are they alive?). After an introductory, interdisciplinary session, we will study three deadly viruses that have left their indelible mark on the history of medicine, but also on the story of humankind. This seminar will be moderated by historian Martha Groppo, Fox Center Postdoctoral Fellow, and will meet via Zoom from 6-7:00pm on the following Wednesday evenings during the 2021 spring semester: February 10, 17 & 24, March 3 & 10. Participation is limited, and reservations are required. The Zoom meeting link will be sent via email the day before each session date. Everyone from the Atlanta community is welcome and invited to join us for this free seminar. For further information and to reserve a spot on a “first-come basis,” email the Fox Center at foxcenter@emory.edu. + via Zoom Campus Events
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