Thursday, February 13 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Knight Library, Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid Street, Eugene, OR
University of Oregon welcomes Annie Isabel Fukushima on campus to talk on “Witnessing Violence in These Migratory Times.”
Fukushima is an assistant professor in the Ethnic Studies Division of the School for Cultural & Social Transformation at University of Utah. Prior to joining the faculty in Utah, she earned her PhD in Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at University of California, Berkeley and was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University (2013–2015).
She is the author of Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US (Stanford University Press, 2019). The book examines the experiences and representations of Asian and Latina/o migrants trafficked in the United States into informal economies and service industries. Through sociolegal and media analysis of court records, press releases, law enforcement campaigns, film representations, theatre performances, and the law, Fukushima questions how we understand victimhood, criminality, citizenship, and legality. At issue is how migrants legally cross into visibility, through frames of citizenship, and narratives of victimhood. She explores the interdisciplinary framing of the role of the law and the legal system, the notion of “perfect victimhood”, and iconic victims, and how trafficking subjects are resurrected for contemporary movements as illustrated in visuals, discourse, court records, and policy. Migrant Crossings deeply interrogates what it means to bear witness to migration in these migratory times—and what such migrant crossings mean for subjects who experience violence during or after their crossing.
Fukushima’s lecture is part of a series of talks in the Race, Ethnicities, and Inequalities Colloquium, presented by the Center for the Study of Women in Society. For more information on upcoming CSWS events, go to csws.uoregon.edu/2019-20-events/.
Photos by Jack Liu, courtesy of CSWS at University of Oregon.