Continuing Presence of Discarded Bodies: Occupational Harm, Necro-Activism, and Living Justice

A talk by Eunjung Kim, Associate Professor of women’s and gender studies and disability studies at Syracuse University

Starting from the two activist campsites set up in Seoul, one by the coalition of disability organizations and the other by the Supporters for the Health and Rights of People in the Semiconductor Industry, Kim explores a history of occupational health movements and their intersections with disability rights movements in South Korea. Against the bureaucratic technology of rating the degree of disability and harm, necro-activism emerges in the form of persistent involvements of dead bodies, mourning, and other-than-human presence, making claims for justice as an ongoing practice of everyday life and afterlife.

Julia Chang (Assistant Professor in the Department of Romance Studies and core faculty in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Cornell) will be serving as respondent to Eunjung’s talk.

Andrew Campana (Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies) hosts and moderates.

(Co-)Sponsored by the Central New York Humanities Corridor from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Co-sponsored by the Society for the Humanities

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