Affiliated Working Groups

Asian American Feminist Theory

Asian American Feminist Theory is a graduate student–led working group oriented around contemporary theorizations of Asiatic femininity. In the wake of ongoing violence that has laid bare the particular vulnerabilities of Asian American women, we aim to foster an energetic conversation around questions of race, gender, sexuality, materiality, aesthetics, visual culture, and embodiment posed by Asian American feminist theorizing. We welcome undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty from all disciplines to join us for regular meetings, guest talks, and collaborative projects.

Affiliated Group Coordinator: Crystal Song

Color of New Media: Race, Ethnicity, and Digital Culture

This working group will seek to add new voices, and new lenses, to the new media studies "conversation," in order to diversify and broaden the scope of that conversation. The overarching goals of this group will be: to share resources on issues of race/ethnicity/nation and new media, to foster the creation of new scholarship on these issues, and to nurture fellowship and social networking among scholars, particularly scholars of color, working in the field of new media studies.

Affiliated Group Coordinator: Abigail De Kosnik

Performing Asian American & Diasporic Sexualities

As an interdisciplinary network of scholars and artists, the Performing Asian American & Diasporic Sexualities working group invites critical engagement with questions of race, gender, sexuality, disability, colonialism, and labor through the lens of performance studies and visual and media studies. We examine how performances of Asian America and diaspora on stage and in everyday life are impacted by histories of migration and imperialism. We use sexuality as a lens to understand connections between exclusionary policies of the past and the recent surge in anti-Asian violence.

Affiliated Group Coordinators: Lena Chen and Evan Sakuma

Performance and Literary Studies

The Performance and Literary Studies Working Group examines the myriad intersections between the study of drama as a literary form and the study of performance. Additionally, this working group works with local theatres to enhance knowledge of performance practice.

Affiliated Group Coordinator: Julia Fawcett