Relating Across Borders, A Teach-In

The Feminist and Gender Studies Program presents “Relating Across Borders, A Teach-In about Representation” with Mekael Daniel, Judy Fisher, and Samuel Vang on Thursday November 7, 2019 from 4-5:30 at Sacred Grounds.

 

Representations of Afro-Asian Solidarities 

Within white supremacist ideology, groups of color are pitted against one another to discourage cross-community relationship building. One of the ways this presents is through the model minority myth which exceptionalizes Asian success while it is also weaponized against Black people. For this teach-in, Mekael will highlight and analyze a small portion of visual and textual representations of Afro-Asian solidarities (through mediums such as photography, painting, and fiction), and how these representations subvert white supremacist racial hierarchies that seek to pit Black people and Asian people against each other economically, politically, socially and academically.

Indigeneity in Germany

This teach-in will focus on how images and representations of indigeneity in Germany are tied to global and transnational flows that influence Indigenous movement and lives. By interrogating representations of Native North Americans at two hobbyist festivals in Germany Judy demonstrates the importance of visual media representations and discourses on the opportunities available for Native people globally. Judy illustrates the colonial and imperial legacies that permeate German fascination with Native peoples while pointing to moments which provide opportunities for forging relationships, respect, and support

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Vietnamese-American Masculinities, Hip-Hop, and the War 

In the United States, if rappers are stereotyped as overly-masculine, and East Asians are stereotyped as not-masculine-enough, then what kind of masculinities do East Asian-American rappers have? In this talk, Vang will problematize representations of the highest streamed male-identifying Vietnamese-American rappers within U.S. media. In doing so, he highlights various contradictions that arise when a predominantly white U.S. audience consumes the labor of racialized, feminized bodies whom fill roles opposite to their bodily constructions. Vang will also interrogate the processes that have influenced the West’s constructions of masculinity and Asianness, namely: orientalism and colonialism.

#FemGeniusesinBerlin Update

As some of you may know, I’ve been in Berlin since May 30 teaching my study abroad course FG214/RM200/GR220 Hidden Spaces, Hidden Narratives: Intersectionality Studies in Berlin. You may also know that this year my students are producing podcasts again about all of the mandatory course sessions.

However, my final thoughts post, which will include an index of the podcasts, won’t be published until Wednesday, June 26. So, in the meantime, please head over to SoundCloud and follow us there so you can keep up with the podcasts as they’re published.

You can also follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to see fun pictures and videos.

Hope to see you there! Have a great summer!

Heidi R. Lewis, Ph.D.
Director & Associate Professor
Feminist & Gender Studies
Colorado College

Study Abroad in Berlin

The 2015 FemGeniuses in Berlin with Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Asoka Esuruoso, and Noah Hofmann

The 2015 FemGeniuses in Berlin with Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Asoka Esuruoso, Noah Hofmann, and the Selfie Stick!

From June 1-19, 2020, Professor Heidi R. Lewis will be teaching FG214/RM200/GR220 Hidden Spaces, Hidden Narratives: Intersectionality Studies in Berlin.

If you are interested in learning more about the course, please attend a pizza lunch information session (no RSVP required) in the Interdisciplinary Studies (ID) House on:

Tuesday, November 5 at 12:15 pm
Tuesday, November 12 at 12:15 pm

On that note, Colorado College students interested in applying must attend an information session or view this 25-minute course webinar beforehand:

Applications are due by 5 pm MST on the first Friday of Block 4, November 22.

Additionally, click the links below for important information:

FAQs • Application • Interview Sign-Up • What the #FemGeniusesinBerlin Said! • What the Berliners Said! • Things to Pack • Things to Do in Berlin