William Cheng to present SBAI’s 2017 Rainbow Lecture

Poster for Rainbow Lecture "Locker room talk: pussies, guns, and video gaymers". The poster features a screen shot from a video game in which we have a first person view of a hand holding a rainbow bat inscribed with the text "I like men" in a dingy, artificially lit space with a locker, and with a calendar on the wall with a pin-up-esque woman pictured.The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies (SBAI) at the University of Rochester welcomes Dr. William Cheng, Assistant Professor of Music from Dartmouth College, to present our 2017 Rainbow Lecture on Thursday, April 13th at 5:00pm in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library. Free parking is available in Library Lot. Follow our Facebook event page here for updates and details.

The Rainbow Lecture was inaugurated in 2012 by the SBAI to address LGBTQ+ topics from an academic perspective. It is presented annually during LGBTQI Awareness Month at the University of Rochester and has been funded by the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. The Rainbow Lecture is always open to the public and each year our fantastic speakers help us strengthen support for further LGBTQ+ programming at the University.

Image of William Cheng, 2017 speaker for SBAI's annual Rainbow Lecture

William Cheng (Dartmouth)

Cheng’s lecture is titled: “Locker Room Talk: Pussies, Guns, and Video Gaymers”, and will offer critical reflections on how verbal barbs and virtual barbarities in online gameworlds scramble the fieldworker’s moral compass. With an ear toward matters of masculinity, surveillance, shame, and activism, Cheng asks whether a video game ethnography—maybe any ethnography—activates a queer ethics, a flux of guiding principles defined precisely by their playful indefinition

Cheng was chosen to present the 2017 Rainbow Lecture by a group of faculty associates of the SBAI. Cheng is Assistant Professor of Music at Dartmouth College where he teaches music, media, and ethics, with a focus on sound, politics, and power. Drawing on a wide range of influences, including queer theory, disability studies, and affect theory, Cheng offers scholarship that is innovative, accessible to multiple audiences, and that blends the critical with the personal.

His books include “Sound Play: Video Games and the Musical Imagination” (Oxford University Press, 2014), Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good (University of Michigan Press, 2016, recipient of the AMS Philip Brett Award and named a 2016 Book of the Year by Times Higher Education), All the Beautiful Musicians (f. Oxford, supported by Harvard’s William F. Milton Fund), Touching Pitch: Dirt, Debt, Color (f. Michigan), and the edited volume Queering the Field (f. Oxford, with Gregory Barz).”

Past Rainbow Lecture speakers are:

2016

Kathryn Lofton, Yale University
“State Secrets, Gay Marriage, and The Morning-After Pill: Conscience in the Age of Corporate Religious Freedom”

2015
Ann Pellegrini, New York University
“Protesting Death, Queer Mourning”

2014
Kristen Renn, University of Michigan
“Creating Environments for LGBTQ College Student Success”

2013
Rev. Patrick Cheng, Episcopal Divinity School
“Rainbow Theology: Bridging Race, Sexuality, and Spirit”

2012
William Eskridge, Jr., Yale University Law School
“The Long Road to Marriage Equality, 1970-2012 and Beyond”

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SBAI’s 24th Graduate Conference: On the Voice

Join us for the 24th Annual SBAI International Graduate Research Conference “On the Voice: Identity, Difference, Expression” on Friday, March 31, 2017.

This conference asks: “what is voice and in what ways does it shape our identity?”, and will discuss the nature of voice in relation to issues of gender, sexuality, race, disability, and will featuring SBAI’s annual Susan B. Anthony Keynote lecture at 1:45pm.

Our 2017 Susan B. Anthony Lecture will be delivered by Tavia Nyong’o, Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, and Theater Studies at Yale University.

The lecture is titled: “Decrypting Blackness: Assotto Saint with Gilles Deleuze”. Amidst current controversies over the re-circulation of images of black suffering and death in social media and in the public sphere, the activist and aesthetic strategies of black gay men during the first wave of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s increasingly stand out as a potent historical lesson. These strategies of activist art in poetry, music, video and film, performance, and protest anticipated contemporary polemics around social death and structural antagonism, while offering an alternative queer lineage and futurity for the necropolitics that dominates our contemporary moment. Through a contrapuntal reading of the black queer visual and video strategies of Assotto Saint (1957-1994) and Marlon Riggs (1957—1994) on the one hand, and a strand of “dark” Deleuzean theorizing, on the other, this talk will propose a model of “decrypting blackness” that attends the radical force of negativity that is immanent to all forms of black social practice.

 


PANELS:
****MEDIATING VOICES 9:05–10:15****

“Puppet Voices: Transforming Everyday Relationality in Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa'”
Amy Skjerseth (University of Chicago)

“Speak for Yourself: Representation in Ethnography and Art”
Gwendolyn Shaw (CUNY)

Moderator: Santiago Morice, English, University of Rochester

****FIGURING THE VOICE 10:30–11:50****

“A Point of Resistance: Discourse and Voice in Alison Bechdel’s ‘Fun Home'”
Caitlyn Parker (Radford University)

“Gender on West African Stages: The Embodiment of Female Voices in New Theater”
Heather Denyer (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

“Disability, Voice, and Autobiographical Exclusion in J.M. Coetzee’s ‘Foe'”
Valerie O’Brien (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

Moderator: Harry Gu, Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester

****KEYNOTE LECTURE 1:45-3:15****

****VOICING HISTORY 3:25–4:45****

“Beyond Choice to Reproductive Justice: Abortion Narratives as Objects of Feminist Attachment”
Emily O’Brien (Miami University Ohio)

“The ‘Elsewhere’ of Women’s Writing: Critical Responses to the Discourses of Female Conduct in Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar'”
Kelley Nickell (Radford University)

“The Modern Odalisque: Portraiture, Identity, and Art Collecting ”
Tobah Aukland-Peck (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

“Since I Have Turned Authorness: Print Culture and Personal Narrative in Mrs. J. W. Likins’s ‘Six Years Experience as a Book Agent in California'”
Adam Q. Stauffer (University of Rochester)

Moderator: R.E. Fulton, History, University of Rochester

Sponsored by: the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Department of Art and Art History, University of Rochester Film and Media Studies Program, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Rochester, University of Rochester – AS&E Graduate Student Association, Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, University of Rochester Philosophy Department, Musicology Department, Eastman School of Music

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WHM Film Series: “Born in Flames”

We are proud to co-sponsor the visit to Rochester of filmmaker Lizzie Borden as part of our Women’s History Month celebrations.

Her visit will include both a screening of BORN IN FLAMES (1983) at The Little Theatre and an artist talk at University of Rochester Humanities Center.

BORN IN FLAMES (1983) will be screened at The Little Theatre on Sunday, March 26th at 6:00pm as the closing film of our Women’s History Month Film Series 2017.

Lizzie Borden’s legendary feminist science-fiction film will be sreened in 35mm with a gorgeous recently preserved print by Anthology Film Archives with restoration funding from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.

This 1983 documentary-style feminist science fiction film by Lizzie Borden that explores racism, classism, sexism and heterosexism in an alternative United States socialist democracy. The plot concerns two feminist groups in New York City, each voicing their concerns to the public by pirate radio. One group, led by an outspoken white lesbian, Isabel (Adele Bertei), operates “Radio Ragazza”. The other group, led by a soft-spoken African-American, Honey (Honey), operates “Phoenix Radio.” The local community is stimulated into action after a world-traveling political activist, Adelaide Norris (Jean Satterfield), is arrested upon arriving at a New York City airport, and suspiciously dies while in police custody.

This screening is presented with community partners ImageOut andWAYO 104.3 FM. It will be inrtoduced by Barbara LeSavoy, Director of Gender and Women’s Studies at the College of Brockport and a discussion will follow the screening with with:

• Filmmaker, Lizzie Borden
• Almudena Escobar Lopez, PhD student from the Visual and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Rochester, Board member at Girls Rock! Rochester.
Shermeeka Mason, Science Fiction Author, Creator of Black Girl with Glasses (Black culture and politics blog), and Programmer at WAYO 104.3 FM.

Tickets will be $5 for the general public and FREE for students with ID, available at the box office and thelittle.org.

The series is sponsored by Humanities New York Action Grant and is co-presented by The Little Theatre, WXXI, and the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.

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2017 Distinguished Visiting Humanist: Wendy Doniger

The University of Rochester’s Distinguished Visiting Humanist for the 2016-17 academic year is Professor Wendy Doniger, who will be in residence from Wednesday, March 22 through Friday, March 24, 2017.

As a humanist whose longtime work sits at the crossroads of religion, anthropology, linguistics, and gender studies, Wendy Doniger has influenced generations of scholars over the past 45 years. Her work has highlighted the often messy collision of religion, science, and politics–an intersection that is of immediate concern for scholars today. During her time here, Doniger will discuss this intersection and will share insights about her professional pursuits and her personal life as a scholar. She will also talk about her experiences relating to the publication of her controversial book: The Hindus: An Alternative History (2009).

*Events are free and open to the public. Follow the Facebook event page here.*

—————-WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017—————

• 5:00 pm
The Subversion of Religion by Science in Ancient India, and The Subversion of Science by Religion in Contemporary India (Hawkins-Carlson Room)

• 6:15pm
Reception (Humanities Center)

—————-THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017—————-

• 11:00 am
Office hours (Humanities Center Conference Room C)

• 4:00 pm
Life of Learning: How My Mother (who died in 1991) Prepared Me to Confront Hindu Fundamentalists in 2010 (Hawkins-Carlson Room)

More about Doniger:
Wendy Doniger has taught at the University of Chicago since 1978 in the Divinity School, the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Committee on Social Thought. She is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. She is an extremely accomplished scholar of Sanskrit texts, mythology, and Hindu religious traditions who has particularly explored sexuality in myth and religion. Her work addresses literature, law, gender, and zoology, as well as cross-cultural themes such as death, dreams, and evil.

Wendy Doniger is the author of seventeen interpretive studies and many more translations and other publications, including the prize-winning The Hindus: An Alternative History (2010), as well as the acclaimed Asceticism and Eroticism in the Mythology of Siva (1973). Doniger holds seven honorary degrees, including one from Harvard, where she received her undergraduate and graduate training. She also holds a DPhil from Oxford University. She has been president of the American Academy of Religion and the Association for Asian Studies. Among her many honors and awards, the 2008 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion from the American Academy of Religion is especially notable.

More about the Distinguished Visiting Humanist Program: http://www.sas.rochester.edu/humanities/programs/visiting-humanist/index.html

These events are supported by: the Humanities Center, the Office of the President, and the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.

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Women’s History Month Film Series 2017

Join the Susan B. Anthony Institute in celebrating Women’s History Month with a collection of five $5.00 documentary and narrative films about trailblazing women during the month of March! All films are free for students with an ID. The series runs from 3/5/2017-3/26/2017.

Special speakers, including local educators and women’s right advocates, will lead audience discussion after most of the films. See individual film details below, by visiting our website, or by following the Facebook event page.

The series is sponsored by Humanities New York Action Grant and is co-presented by The Little Theatre, WXXI, and the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.

SONITA (Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, 2015)
SUNDAY, MARCH 5th at 3PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/781041382042820/

If 18-year old Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother. She captures her dream of being a famous rapper in her scrapbook. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. There, Sonita, a refugee from Afghanistan, gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and guidance in shaping her future. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. What’s more, women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran. How can Sonita still succeed in making her dreams come true?

This screening is presented with community partner Girls Rock! Rochester.

CITY OF JOY (Madeleine Gavin, 2016)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8th at 6:30PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/1424828410869383/

This documentary tells the story of center for healing called City of Joy, in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where women who have suffered violence and the most unimaginable abuse are cared for and learn to rise above their circumstances. The film also explores the relationships between Dr. Denis Mukwege (2016 Nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize), radical playwright and activist Eve Ensler (“The Vagina Monolgoues”) and human rights activist – and Director of “City of Joy” – Christine Schuler-Deschryver as they create a place of peace amidst the civil war of Eastern DRC.

This screening is presented with community partner Willow Domestic Violence Center of Greater Rochester and a discussion will follow the screening lead by Barbara LeSavoy, Director of Gender and Women’s Studies at the College of Brockport.

LEAGUE OF EXOTIQUE DANCERS (Rama Rau, 2015)
SUNDAY, MARCH 12th at 3:00PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/1867962740153891/

With a blast of brassy jazz and a spin through the glitz of modern Las Vegas, award-winning director Rama Rau’s documentary League of Exotique Dancers sets the stage for a provocative and eye-opening “backstage tour” of the golden age of Burlesque through the colorful lives of unforgettable women who made it glitter. It peels off the layers of glitter to expose the sexism, racism and widespread stigma faced by Burlesque striptease performers and, indeed, the wider array of working women in that tumultuous era. Illuminated by rare, never-before-seen, archival material, League of Exotique Dancers is all about its characters. Intimate interviews—held in homes and former haunts, filled with humour and heartbreak, reveal what keeps these formers stars busy today: driving a hearse, running marathons, designing flannel nightgowns, a hypnotherapy practice . . . they’re still full of surprises!

This screening is presented with community partners Pretty Kitties Burlesque and Skylark Lounge. A discussion will follow the screening with Linda Moroney, Documentary Filmmakers and film series programmer, Rama Rau, director of “League of Exotique Dancers” and Ed Barreveld, producer of the film.

After party with a performance by Pretty Kitties Burlesque at Skylark lounge starting at 6pm.

REVOLUTION IN FOUR SEASONS (Jessie Deeter, 2016)
SUNDAY, MARCH 19th at 3:00PM

This seminal film tells the story of two women with opposing political views fighting for their different versions of a democratic future for Tunisia, the country that sparked the Arab Spring. Over the course of Tunisia’s critical post-revolution years, we follow journalist Emna Ben Jemaa, who envisions a country governed by free speech and without the corruption of the former regime.

In contrast, Jawhara Ettis of the Islamist party Ennahda works towards a Tunisia guided by Islamic principles. On a public level, both women must navigate how females are treated in their society, while in their own homes they must make difficult choices to balance their public political roles with marriage and motherhood. Both know the stakes are high. The ever-present threat of Islamic extremists means their fragile political process could break down and all they’ve worked for could be lost.

A discussion will follow the screening moderated by Ilka Datig, Head of Instruction and Outreach at the Lorette Wilmot Library at Nazareth College.

BORN IN FLAMES (Lizzie Borden, 1983)
SUNDAY, MARCH 26th at 6:00PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/1434427596607431/

We are proud to screen a 35mm print preserved by Anthology Film Archives with restoration funding from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.

This 1983 documentary-style feminist science fiction film by Lizzie Borden that explores racism, classism, sexism and heterosexism in an alternative United States socialist democracy. The plot concerns two feminist groups in New York City, each voicing their concerns to the public by pirate radio. One group, led by an outspoken white lesbian, Isabel (Adele Bertei), operates “Radio Ragazza”. The other group, led by a soft-spoken African-American, Honey (Honey), operates “Phoenix Radio.” The local community is stimulated into action after a world-traveling political activist, Adelaide Norris (Jean Satterfield), is arrested upon arriving at a New York City airport, and suspiciously dies while in police custody.

This screening is presented with community partners ImageOut andWAYO 104.3 FM.

The film will be introduced by

Barbara LeSavoy, Director of Gender and Women’s Studies at the College of Brockport

and a discussion will follow the screening with with

• Born in Flames Director, Lizzie Borden
• Almudena Escobar Lopez, PhD student from the Visual and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Rochester, Board member at Girls Rock! Rochester
• Shermeeka Mason, Science Fiction Author, Creator of Black Girl with Glasses (Black culture and politics blog), and Programmer at WAYO 104.3 FM.

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Undergraduate Conference for Gender, Sexuality, Women’s Studies

Celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s birthday at SBAI’s annual Undergraduate Research Conference featuring presentations by students nominated for their remarkable work in Gender, Sexuality, and/or Women’s Studies.

Our 2017 keynote speaker is Douglas Crimp, Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History, Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies. Crimp will discuss his recently published book “Before Pictures”. Part biography and part cultural history, this book tells the story of Crimp’s life as a young gay man and art critic in New York City during the late 1960s through the turbulent 1970s.


Schedule

8:45am Poster Session and coffee
Joseph Glick & Andrew Tarbox
“Using Taskscape to Contextualize Gender Role in an Italian Alpine Community: An Exploration Through Photovoice”

Chiziterem Onyekwere
“The Association Between Masculinity and Handshakes within the Young Adult Population”

Hannah Tompkins
“Male Construction of the Amazon Myth”

Eibhlin Regan
“Coalition for Pay Equity”

9:30am
Alex White
“Liminal: Performance Art as Transgender Expression”

10:00am
Annabelle Taylor
“Am I My Boyfriend’s Keeper? Gender Disparities in Christian Sex Education”

10:30am
Anna Alden
“A Study in Irene Adler: the Fluid Performance of Victorian Gender Ideals”

11:00am
Julia Rosenbaum
“The Responsibility of a Feminist in a Technological Age”

11:30am
Sophia McRae & Martissa Williams
“ATTN: MEN – Opinion Needed”

12:00pm
Keynote and Lunch
with Douglas Crimp, Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History, Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies

1:15pm
Madeline Bove
“A Discussion of How Diamonds and Masculinity Intersect”

1:45pm
Nicola Tavella
“No Fats, No Femmes: How Eating Disorders Thrive in Contemporary Queer Male Culture”

2:15pm
Mahima Joshi
“‘How I Learned to Drive’: A Play about Coping”

2:45pm
Najia Khaled & Cheyenne Watkins
“Stud, Butch, Dyke, Femme: Lesbian Self-identification by Race”

3:15pm
Amber Hudson
“Black Girl Magic: Beyoncé’s ‘Formation'”

3:45pm
Henry Hawthorn
“Hito Steyerl and the Contemporary World”

4:15pm
Rhea Shinde
“Female Feticide in India, A Study of Historical and Cultural Context”

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Transparent Screening and Q&A (Transparent Symposium)

Screening will be held in the large Theater 1, located on East Avenue.

This event is one of the many free events offered as a part of The Transparent Symposium hosted by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

Join us for a *free* public screening of the first two episodes of ‘Transparent’ Season 3 at The Little Theatre followed by a discussion with

-Zackary Drucker (Producer, ‘Transparent’)
-Rabbi Susan Goldberg (Consultant, ‘Transparent’)
-Alexandra Grey (Actress, ‘Transparent’)
-and Jason Peck, Visiting Assistant Professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Rochester.

Tickets are free and offered on a first-come, first-served basis on the night of the screening, which will be held in Theater 1 at The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave, Rochester, NY.

If you have questions, please be in touch with sbai@rochester.edu. This is one of the many free events associated with The Transparent Symposium hosted by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

Cosponsored by:
Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Rochester
The Humanities Project (A program of the University of Rochester Humanities Center)
American Studies
The Plutzik and Briggs Families
University of Rochester Film and Media Studies Program
The Department of Art and Art History
The Department of English
University of Rochester Department of Religion and Classics
Susan B. Anthony Center

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Rubel discusses Transparent Symposium in UR QuadCast

“Amazon’s TV series Transparent has “single-handedly helped change the conversation about trans people in America,” says Nora Rubel, associate professor in the Department of Religion and Classics and the director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.

In the latest QuadCast podcast, Rubel talks with Nick Bruno ’17 about the critically acclaimed, award-winning show starring Jeffrey Tambor. She also discusses the upcoming multidisciplinary symposium about Transparent hosted by the institute, which marks 30 years since its founding at the University of Rochester.” – via UR NewsCenter

Listen to the QuadCast here.

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Transparent Symposium

Dubbed by The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum a “stealth masterpiece,” Transparent (Amazon, 2014-2016) captures psychological, social, and historical dynamics of being transgender at precisely the moment that transgender individuals and stories have taken a central place in American mass culture. Simultaneously, Transparent presents the most substantively and recognizably Jewish family in the history of American television. Through flashbacks over the three seasons, the show offers intersecting genealogies of gender and Jewishness, from 1930s Berlin to midcentury American suburban acculturation to contemporary religious experimentation.

This two-day multi-disciplinary symposium brings together scholars, writers, and critics to discuss all things Transparent and engage in dialogues at the nexus of Jewish Studies, Media Studies, Religious Studies and Sexuality & Gender Studies.

The symposium will kick off on with a reading by iconic poet, novelist, performer and art journalist Eileen Myles, and will include discussions with Zackary Drucker (Producer, Transparent), Alexandra Grey (Actor, Transparent), and Rabbi Susan Goldberg (Consultant, Transparent). *ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC*

View the full schedule here.

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Mia Alvar received 2016 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize

mia-alvar-portraitMia Alvar was named the 2016 recipient of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction presented by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and the Department of English. The award is being given for her debut work of fiction, In the Country, which received critical acclaim from the New York Times Sunday Book Review and was winner of the 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.

In the Country “stood out as the selection committee’s unanimous choice among almost 150 entries for its ability to craft a cohesive, intricately wrought world out of nine separate narratives,” explained Professor of Spanish Beth Jörgensen. She—along with fellow committee members Katherine Mannheimer, associate professor of English, and Jason Peck, visiting assistant professor of German—took only five minutes to agree on this year’s selection. Together with The Instinct for Bliss (1995) by Melissa Pritchard and The Dance Boots (2010) by Linda LeGarde Grover, In the Country is one of the few short story collections awarded with the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize which is awarded to a promising but less established American woman who has written the best book-length work of prose fiction.

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Jörgensen appraised how Alvar’s nine stories “create morally and culturally complex characters who are engaged in negotiating the challenges of migration away from home for economic reasons and confronting the equally fraught experience of returning home,” adding how the book “provides insights into the rarely written lives of first-generation Filipinos living in the Middle East and the United States, and her beautiful, lucid prose, rich in irony, subtlety and compassion, draws her readers into their environment and their inner lives.”

Alvar read passages from the beginnings of three stories from the collection—“The Kontrabida,” “Legends of the White Lady,” and “Shadow Families”—before answering questions from the audience of the event.“It’s been an incredible honor for me to accept this prize from the institute, as someone who minored in women’s studies as an undergraduate and who, from the time that I first started writing fiction, was drawn to depicting the lives of mothers, daughters, and sisters,” said Alvar.

For more information about the Kafka Prize and previous winner go here.

For more information about the event go here.

 

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