Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
107 Oechsle Center for Global Education
Dr. L. Ayu Saraswati

Social media has become the front-and-center arena for feminist activism. Responding to and pain inflicted in acts of sexual harassment, violence, and abuse, Asian American and Asian Canadian feminist icons have turned to social media to share their stories with the world. But how does such activism reconcile with the platforms on which it is being cultivated, when its radical messaging is at odds with the neoliberal logic governing social media?

Pain Generation troubles this phenomenon by articulating a “neoliberal self(ie) gaze” through which these feminist activists see and storify the self on social media. This book offers a fresh perspective on feminist activism by demonstrating how the problematic neoliberal logic governing digital spaces like Instagram and Twitter limits the possibilities of how one might use social media for feminist activism.

L. Ayu Saraswati is an associate professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

Light lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by: 
Anthropology & Sociology, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Asian Studies, and Film and Media Studies

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