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Curative Violence: How to Inhabit the Time Machine with Disability

Curative Violence: How to Inhabit the Time Machine with Disability
1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N, Munk School of Global Affairs
Time: Feb 8th, 4:00 pm End: Feb 8th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Women & Gender Studies (FAS), East Asian Studies (FAS), 2000-
Talk by Eunjung Kim, Syracuse University

The Asian Institute presents

Curative Violence: How to Inhabit the Time Machine with Disability

This presentation explores "folded time" in which the present disappears through the imperative of cure in South Korea. By folding time, cure demands temporal crossings to a past through "rehabilitation" and "recovery" and to a future without disabilities and illnesses. By thinking about the imperative of cure as a time machine, Kim explores the possibility of inhabiting in the present with disability and illness. Cure appears as an attempt at category-crossing from otherness to normality, which reveals the multiplicity of the boundaries that divide "human" and "inhuman" as well as "life" and "nonlife." Kim also discusses the temporal trap into which discussions of non-Western societies in Western academic contexts might fall, one that denies coevalness or universalizes disability experiences across different cultural and historical contexts. In this analysis, cure is reframed, not as unequivocally beneficial nor politically harmful, but as a set of political, moral, economic, emotional, and ambivalent negotiations.

Eunjung Kim is Assistant Professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies and Disability Studies Program at Syracuse University. Her research and teaching involve transnational feminist disability studies, visual cultures, Korean cultural history of disability and activism, humanitarian communications, asexuality theories, and queer inhumanism.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required. For further information, please contact Rachel Ostep at 416-946-8996

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