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The interdisciplinary graduate minor in Literacy and Rhetorical Studies sponsors a Speaker Series to engage the University community in rich discussions about the uses of language, reading, and writing. Please see the Past Speaker Series page for earlier presentations.


2018 Speaker Series

The LRS Graduate Minor is pleased to be a co-sponsor for an event presented by the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group:

Virtual Violence: Refusing Redress in Gina Kim’s “Bloodless/Dongducheon"

with Dr. Grace Kyungwon Hong
(Professor, Gender Studies, Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
3:30–5:00 pm
140 Nolte, East Bank

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This presentation attends to the question of how to engage in transnational solidarity work across different contexts. Is there an ethical way of connecting the disparate effects of U.S. empire across the globe, one that does not elide but instead enables a reckoning with the historical and material differences between these sites? Highlighting the fraught nature of such forms of connection, I examine a virtual reality film, Korean diasporic filmmaker Gina Kim’s “Bloodless” (2017) as offering an alternative understanding of what transnational feminist solidarity might look like. “Bloodless” is an 11-minute virtual reality film shot in the camptown of Dongducheun near the U.S. military post Camp Casey near Seoul, South Korea. In this presentation, I am interested in interrogating the conditions of transnational solidarity based on a logic of sympathy, which, I argue, purports to achieve justice by creating a concept of an ostensibly universal shared humanity, one that is predicated on the production of a moral subject of sympathy, on the one hand, and a deserving and innocent object of sympathy, on the other. As “Bloodless” challenges statist narratives of political reconciliation and redress, cinematic conventions of auteurial mastery, and new media's promises of verisimilitude and transparency, it demonstrates the deep and imbricated connections between these three logics.

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