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Henry Luce Foundation Grant and Asian Studies Presents

Friday, April 13, 2018
Care as Labor, Science as Care:
Feminism and the Documentaries of Kamanaka Hitomi
RKC 103
11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Margherita Long
Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures at University of California Irvine
This talk introduces two post-Fukushima films by Kamanaka Hitomi (1958– ): Living Through Internal Radiation (2012), and Little Voices of Fukushima (2015). In interviews, Kamanaka explains that the aim of both was to increase radiation literacy after 3/11 by conveying the truth fully and accurately. Yet regardless of high radiation readings, she emphasizes that neither her films, nor the community discussion spaces she cultivates in trademark local screening events, will ever judge exposed people for evacuating or not. How does she resolve the contradiction? This talk expands the insights of a biopolitical reading with an eco-materialist focus on effective labor and nuclear care work to explore themes important to her activism: local autonomy, everyday politics, and feminism.

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Time: 11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Location: RKC 103