PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES ON GENDER STUDIES 2010
Faculty Roundtable: Gender, Race, and Corporeal Epistemologies
(lecture in English, discussion in Cantonese and English)
Friday, 29 October 2010
4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
RM 422, Sino Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dorinne Kondo received her B.A. in Anthropology from Stanford University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University. She was Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Harvard and held the MacArthur Chair in Women’s Studies and Anthropology at Pomona College. Currently, she is Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at the University of Southern California, where she was the Director of Asian American Studies for six years. Kondo is the author of Crafting Selves: Power, Gender, and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace (1990), the winner of the J.I. Staley Prize for a book having an impact on the field of Anthropology. It was also the best-selling anthropological monograph of the past decade for University of Chicago Press. Her second book About Face: Performing Race in Fashion and Theatre (Routledge, 1997) won the Cultural and Literary Studies Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. She is currently at work on a new book on race and performance in the United States.
Kondo is also a playwright and dramaturge. Her first play Dis)graceful(l) Conduct received a national comedy playwriting award, and Asian American Repertory Theatre produced her multiracial relationship comedy But Can He Dance? Kondo was a dramaturge for the world premiere of renowned theatre artist Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 and its filming for PBS. Her other dramaturgical work includes workshops for Smith’s House Arrest and for the world premiere of Smith’s latest play Let Me Down Easy.
What difference does it make when particular gendered, raced, embodied subjects undertake research? What are the theoretical and political implications of a truly participatory form of ethnographic inquiry? Kondo argues that performance and ethnography constitute bodily ways of knowing and being in the world, using her own experiences as a playwright/ dramaturge, and her work as an ethnographer in the worlds of fashion, theatre, and factory production.
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