Remapping Homelands: Cultural Production Across Borders


Thu, Nov 17, 2016 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm


691 Barrows Hall


CRG Thursday Forum Series presents...

Remapping Homelands: Cultural Production Across Borders

The intangible Stories of War Carpets
Prof. Minoo Moallem, Gender & Women’s Studies

Through the story of war carpets, I show how consumerism binds together citizen-subjects in the Global North with those who are being placed into the anonymous spaces of war zones, remote villages, refugee camps and borderlands, turning the tragic moment of war into the pleasurable moment of consumption.
No Longer Silent: Asian International Adoption and Cultural Production
Prof. Catherine Ceniza Choy, Ethnic Studies
South Korea plays a central role in the history of international and transracial adoption. Beginning in the mid-1950s, the phenomenon has spanned six decades and involved over 200,000 Korean children adopted by families in Western nations.  Given its long duration, Korean adoptees comprise multiple generations. They have paved the way for what has become a more common experience of returning to Korea to tour the motherland, to attempt to reunite with birth families, and to live on a long-term basis. Among the hundreds of adoptees who have returned are writers and visual artists.  What might artistic production by and about Korean international adoptees who have returned to live in Korea say about the history and contemporary state of international adoption?  These are some of the preliminary questions that undergird what I hope will be a chapter of a new book project tentatively titled “No Longer Silent: Asian International Adoption and Cultural Production.”
Minoo Moallem is a professor of Gender and Women's studies at UC berkeley. She is the author of Between warrior Brother and Veiled Sister. Islamic Fundamentalism and the Cultural Politics of Patriarchy (UC Press, 2005), and co-editor of  Between woman and Nation (Duke University Press, 1999) as well as  the guest editor of a special issue of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East on Iranian Immigrants, Exiles and Refugees.  She has also ventured in digital media and her digital work is entitled "Nation on the Move"( designed by media artist Eric Loyer). She is currently working on two projects, a book manuscript entitled "Persian Carpets: The Nation as a Transnational Commodity" and another  entitled "Filmic Archive, National Memory and Iran-Iraq War Movies". Trained as a sociologist, she writes on transnational and postcolonial feminist studies, consumer culture, Middle Eastern studies and Iranian cultural politics and diasporas. 
Catherine Ceniza Choy is a professor and former chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies. She is the author of Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History (Duke University Press, 2003), which explored how and why the Philippines became the leading exporter of professional nurses to the United States.  Her second book, Global Families: A History of Asian International Adoption in America (NYU Press, 2013), unearths the little-known historical origins of Asian international adoption in the United States beginning with the post-World War II presence of the U.S. military in Asia. Catherine is the co-editor of a new Brill book series, "Gendering the Trans-Pacific World: Diaspora, Empire, and Race." In Fall 2016, Catherine is the team leader of the Social Science Matrix prospecting research team, "Migration, Racialization, and Gender: Filipino Migration to France and the United States." She is also the faculty coordinator and a co-organizer of the 2016-2017 Institute of International Studies interdisciplinary faculty program on "Gender and the Trans-Pacific World."